Joyce Kaufman Twitter Feed Silent Since Giffords Shooting
Joyce Kaufman: Conservative Radio Host Silent Since Gabrielle Giffords Shooting
Joyce Kaufman, the conservative Fort Lauderdale radio host who is best known for saying "If ballots don't work, bullets will" at a July 4th Tea Party rally, has been deafening in her Twitter silence since Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot, and nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green was killed, by Jared Lee Loughner in Tuscon.
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Joyce Kaufman (or whoever writes for her Twitter feed) has not said a word via Twitter since the shooting, but the rest of the Twitterverse has been quite vocal indeed. Thousands of angry users have called Kaufman out on her rhetoric, as you'll see in the feed below.
I know you aren't to blame for the shooting, Joyce. The killer was clearly unhinged and insane. But unfortunately it's the unhinged and the insane who might hear dangerous and incredibly stupid words like yours and act on them. Did Jared Lee Loughner hear your call to arms on cable television? Was he affected by them? Did they inspire him?
While Jared Lee Loughner was clearly unhinged, for a professional politician to use Day of the Jackal imagery in public discourse is irresponsible. Attempting to cover her tracks, Sarah Palin deleted her "Don't Retreat, Instead- RELOAD!" tweet, but she seems to have forgotten that the internet is forever, and the Sarah Palin tweet has been preserved.
Unsurprisingly, Palin is also getting her share of public backlash for the Tuscon shooting.
"We're on Sarah Palin's targeted list," Giffords said on MSNBC on March 25. "But the thing is that the way that she has it depicted has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district, and when people do that, they've gotta realize there are consequences to that action."