Written by Clara McLaughlin
When the New York Post staff person drew this cartoon which was published in their paper, many were upset and some attorneys said that a drawing such as this which alludes to shooting the president of the United States is a criminal violation. There is a law that prohibits a person from inciting a crime or violence. This drawing was published in February 2009.
The complaint that many have is the fact that nothing was done about this incident. Therefore, a number of other such acts were committed and still the law enforcement officers and the people stood by, citing the right of free speech and the right to carry arms.
Many of the right wing politicians and common citizens, some quietly and some very vocal appeared to be agreeing with this behavior. In fact, when those who did not agree but also did not go out to vote, it made it appear that most Americans agreed that this, called by some, criminal and disrespectful behavior was what most wanted. If there is no punishment for misbehavior, one would get comfortable and go even further.
When so call American leaders, politicians and business persons say and do certain things publicly and the comments are aired through all of the many outlets, control is lost. You can’t say if a person who commit such a crime as this past weekend is mentally ill or evil.
Now we have political leaders resigning from their jobs or positions expressing fear of the tea party and/or the general public.
President Obama made a very strong speech at the memorial service while others from his administration read scriptures. What many really wanted to hear was that law enforcement departments all over the country would begin immediately, enforcing the laws that are already in place that has gotten out of hand.
Saturday’s shootings caused death, pain and possibly permanent damage for those who were shot, for their family, friends, and ordinary people.
Please, law enforcement officers, enforce the law. We don’t need to see or hear about more of this.