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Sarah Palin Cross-hairs Bother Stewart

Item: Palin denounces violence, but gun imagery on Facebook will stay/Erika Bolstad, McClatchy Newspapers (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong: Sarah Palin, right, greets Tea Party activists at the “Showdown in Searchlight” tea party rally in Searchlight, Nev., Saturday)

More Info: On Twitter, Palin told supporters disheartened by the health care vote: “Don’t Retreat, instead - RELOAD!” She directed them to her Facebook page, where she used rifle scope-like crosshairs to identify the 20 seats she hopes SarahPAC will flip from blue to red. (CBS News reports Palin is refusing to back down from gun rhetoric)

Tony Stewart/Kootenai County Task Force On Human Relations: “I think they have a very, very serious responsibility to measure their words carefully,” Stewart said of Palin and other high-profile leaders. “I’m deeply concerned about that type of trend in our country and what it could do to the fringe elements. When people are very divisive or extreme in their comments, unfortunately, our history has taught us that some individuals who are on the very fringe - and are oftentimes not even stable - may take that and engage in violence.”

Question: Are you bothered that Sarah Palin’s Facebook page uses rifle scope-like crosshairs to identify 20 seats she hopes to turn from blue to red?


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