The death threats aren’t just against those on the left either. This country really needs to calm down lest things get really out of control. Lone wacko gunmen are one thing, what worries me are the quite sane and calculating extremist groups on all sides of the political spectrum.
Study on effects of violent rhetoric in politics
Most people—across the board—are actively resistant to the influence of violent metaphor in political speech. At first glance, it looks like the vast majority of Americans—regardless of political leanings—are unlikely to turn violent rhetoric into violent action. But, there’s a catch.
People who are classified as “trait aggressive”—those more likely to engage in aggressive social interaction, no matter the circumstances—DO respond to violent metaphor in political advertisements. What’s completely safe for most of us can make a small minority feel more like acting out.
The study found no difference in support for physical violence between trait aggressive Democrats and Republicans.
California man arrested for threatening to kill Seattle congressman last year
NH House just lifted ban on guns on House floor. tell me, how will this help?
Palin death threats at “unprecedented level.” I’m sure it’s true.
Wisconsin. Authorities investigating death threats to state officials
Arizona Republican party officials resign after Tucson shooting, citing threats. “I love the Republican Party but I don’t want to take a bullet for anyone,” said one.
Senator Bennet (D-CO) received death threats, suspect arrested
Sheriff Joe Arpaio has gotten death threats too.
Chris Hedges has written about how this is a symptom of our collapsing empire and social structures (mostly as a result of corporatization/militarization of society).