Words Have Consequences

People come in all stripes and when a leader stands before a crowd and addresses them with statements that have the potential to arouse, that leader has to remember that their words can result in consequences never intended.

When Donald Trump stands before a crowd of very passionate and emotionally driven followers and says, joke or not, that America’s gun owners may have a Second Amendment solution to who becomes the next president, he hasn’t a clue how one or more people in the crowd will deal with that.

In 2010 Sarah Palin issued a “target” list of those legislators she wanted unseated in the coming election. One name on that list was Rep, Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ). Within months Giffords lay on anArizona parking lot with a bullet in her brain, surrounded by six dead bodies. All in all her attacker shot nineteen people that day and we may never know what motivated him but Palin’s behaviors and words can’t be ruled out.

History is filled with stories of atrocities in which the perpetrator was guided irrational thoughts. Mark David Chapman killed John Lennon because he wanted to be somebody. John Hinkley, Jr. shot President Reagan to impress Jodie Foster. That someone would take Donald Trump’s words as a mission from God isn’t far-fetched.

If you want to refresh your memory about the Gabby Giffords shooting I’ve included a link to a CBS story. 

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