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Face time with lawmakers in peril after shooting

There are 9 comments on the Las Vegas Sun story from Jan 9, 2011, titled Face time with lawmakers in peril after shooting. In it, Las Vegas Sun reports that:

If the hostile town hall meetings over health care reform proved anything, it is this: face-to-face democracy still matters, even in the era of Facebook and Twitter.

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A Nnoyed

Turvey, UK

#1 Jan 9, 2011
Very good article.

Unfortunately, even though the recent killings have no rational or sane link to politics, I fear some will abuse the tragedy as an excuse to alter the relationship between the people and politicians.

A boy who is in all likelihood clinically insane committed a tragic act. Don't let it become a political tool as that's even more damaging and insane than the boy who shot those people.
Lance Winslow

Alameda, CA

#2 Jan 9, 2011
A Nnoyed wrote:
Very good article.
Unfortunately, even though the recent killings have no rational or sane link to politics, I fear some will abuse the tragedy as an excuse to alter the relationship between the people and politicians.
A boy who is in all likelihood clinically insane committed a tragic act. Don't let it become a political tool as that's even more damaging and insane than the boy who shot those people.
This crime should be unthinkable but there are still eighteen crosshairs on the map.
Algernon Sidney

United States

#3 Jan 9, 2011
Lance Winslow wrote:
This crime should be unthinkable but there are still eighteen crosshairs on the map.
Actually three are none. But there are still bulls eyes at the Daily Kos:
http://tinyurl.com/2aqxaxf
A Nnoyed

Turvey, UK

#4 Jan 9, 2011
Lance Winslow wrote:
<quoted text>This crime should be unthinkable but there are still eighteen crosshairs on the map.
And a bunch of bullseyes on the Democratic Leadership Committee's website targeting Republicans.

Listen Lance, I'm in a peace, love and understanding mood. Compromise. Let's all just get along.

This crosshairs thing is no more or less damning than the democrats using bullseye targets on their site. Unless you want to argue the Democrats are hoping for more precision.

A very sad story of a mentally ill child (described by his friends as leftwing but that doesn't matter because he is sick, not political) shooting people could possibly lead to politicians changing the game to less direct voice for the people. That is insane and frightening.

Don't let it happen. Left and right don't matter, the individual having a say does.
Algernon Sidney

United States

#5 Jan 9, 2011
A Nnoyed wrote:
A very sad story of a mentally ill child (described by his friends as leftwing but that doesn't matter because he is sick, not political) shooting people could possibly lead to politicians changing the game to less direct voice for the people. That is insane and frightening.
Don't let it happen. Left and right don't matter, the individual having a say does.
Good point. I faced a similar situation many years ago when I was working for a political campaign with headquarters in San Francisco. At the time the Zebra Killers were randomly murdering white people in San Francisco. They had killed five or six by then. But I figured that I would be one out of 500,000 white people in San Francisco, so my odds were good. I hope that Congressmen are not more cowardly than I was. I just realized that I was a little off on my odds calculation because I was going to San Francisco at night and there were a lot fewer than 500,000 white people on the streets at night.
A Nnoyed

Turvey, UK

#6 Jan 9, 2011
Algernon Sidney wrote:
<quoted text> At the time the Zebra Killers were randomly murdering white people in San Francisco. They had killed five or six by then.
For clarification, are you sure they were murdering white people and not zebras? The name is usually a dead giveaway.

As far as I'm concerned zebras had it coming. One of them stole my ex-wife and I'm not bothered if they're on someone's hit list.
quebert

Bulan, KY

#7 Jan 9, 2011
Who cares what these criminal crap have to say? Remember the, "It's MY MEETING and I'LL TELL YOU what goes on," speech? Take a good look at your collective futures trash.

Since: Sep 08

Viva Madeira

#8 Jan 9, 2011
Iíve been to a few events where I have had the opportunity of meeting my congressperson. I was able to talk to her about some concerns of mine, ask questions, receive some answers and listen to what she had to say. Just knowing that I have accessibility through personal contact to the person who is representing me in DC does bring home the concept of government of the people, for the people. It would be a tragic loss if that human interaction between representative and constituent stopped.
Lance Winslow

Alameda, CA

#9 Jan 9, 2011
Marichu wrote:
Iíve been to a few events where I have had the opportunity of meeting my congressperson. I was able to talk to her about some concerns of mine, ask questions, receive some answers and listen to what she had to say. Just knowing that I have accessibility through personal contact to the person who is representing me in DC does bring home the concept of government of the people, for the people. It would be a tragic loss if that human interaction between representative and constituent stopped.
Tragic loss to you and me but a victory to many who blanket condemnation on all government, many of whom express opinions here on Topix.

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