Angle beats back criticism in Arizona shooting aftermath
January 12th, 2011
08:41 AM ET
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Angle beats back criticism in Arizona shooting aftermath

Washington (CNN) – In the aftermath of the Arizona shootings, some critics have accused Republican Sharron Angle of spewing potentially dangerous political rhetoric in her recent bid for Nevada's Senate seat. Now, Angle is responding: releasing a statement on Wednesday that denounces any form of violence - and calls the criticism of her dangerous.

"I condemn all acts of violence. The despicable act in Tucson is a horrifying and senseless tragedy, and should be condemned as a single act of violence, by a single unstable individual," Angle said in the statement.

"Expanding the context of the attack to blame and to infringe upon the people's Constitutional liberties is both dangerous and ignorant. The irresponsible assignment of blame to me, Sarah Palin or the Tea Party movement by commentators and elected officials puts all who gather to redress grievances in danger," Angle added.

Six people died, and six others - including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords - remain hospitalized after the shootings in Tucson. As Americans try to understand the actions of accused gunman Jared Lee Loughner, some critics have focused on Angle's words during her race against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid - a race that Angle lost in November.

In one especially eyebrow-raising comment from the campaign, Angle told a radio interviewer, "If this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking towards those Second Amendment remedies." Many people believed Angle was invoking the Second Amendment's right to bear arms as a way to keep the federal government in check.

There is no evidence that Loughner's alleged acts were in reaction to any heated words or images from the recent political season. Despite that, some have referenced Angle's words and actions from other conservatives, like a map from Palin that used crosshairs to target Democrats - including Giffords - during the midterm elections.

In her statement, Angle calls that "finger pointing" an effort to boost news audiences. "It contradicts the facts as they are known - that the shooter was obsessed with his twisted plans long before the Tea Party movement began," Angle said.

"I have consistently called for reasonable political dialogue on policy issues to encourage civil political education and debate," she added.


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  1. Jim

    So, criticism of Mrs. Angle is dangerous, but her rhetoric of violence and intolerance isn't? How does that work? If it's dangerous on one side, it's dangerous on both. We MUST re-establish civility or we are headed towards anarchy. Mrs. Angle doesn't understand that, and that's the most dangerous situation of all.

    January 12, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. The Dude

    So, what exactly did you mean when you said people were going to be looking to those second amendment remedies, Sharon? You know what you meant, and my guess is anyone with about a 5th grade education knows what you meant. You can deny it all you want, you're still a lunatic.

    January 12, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  3. RdclCntrst

    "If this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking towards those Second Amendment remedies."

    Since she claims she wasn't endorsing armed resistance to government, perhaps she was just describing what she saw as the current sociopolitical climate in a way that seems to have been very prescient. But wait...

    "It contradicts the facts as they are known – that the shooter was obsessed with his twisted plans long before the Tea Party movement began."

    So really, when Ms. Angle made the Second Amendment remark, she was commenting on something she believed was ALREADY going on– peoples' intention to use firearms to express their distaste for, and/or distrust of, the federal government. If that was the case, if she truly "condemn[s] all acts of violence", perhaps she should have been working all along to help prevent "single, unstable individual[s]" from using firearms against elected officials. But even more so, if she believes that "The irresponsible assignment of blame to me, Sarah Palin or the Tea Party... puts all who gather to redress grievances in danger," then does she NOT advocate "Second Amendment remedies" to this new "danger"?

    Like Sarah Palin, Sharron Angle should work on being more consistent in her message.

    January 12, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. Baby Boomer

    Bottom line Mrs. Angle, your words didn't cause the tragedy in Tucson but they certainly didn't help. Everyone needs to dial it back a lot and use their extensive educations to find better ways to say things. We now live in a 24/7 media world and nearly every average citizen has a camera and a microphone on them at all times in the person of their cell phone. Words matter and if you are going to run for public office, you have to learn to use your best words, not your worst...

    January 12, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  5. erik

    She is lying.

    What else could possibly be implied by "Second amendment remedies" other than violent resistance to government?

    She is an antisocial psychopath.

    January 12, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. Joel Miller

    Compare the following statements: the first from Timothy McVeigh, mass murderer and domestic terrorist, the second, a recent one by Newt Gingrich. Angle and the others have to take responsibility for their 2nd Amendment solutions rhetoric.

    I believe we are slowly turning into a socialist government. The government is continually grow...ing bigger and more powerful and the people need to prepare to defend themselves against government control. -Timothy McVeigh

    On the one front we have a secular socialist machine led by Obama, Pelosi, and Reid, and on the other front we have radical Islamists who would fundamentally change this country into a system none of us in this room would recognize - Newt Gingrich

    January 12, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  7. Paul

    Mrs. Angle, you don't have anything to explain to the American people. You talked during the campaign and everyone heard your voice. Let the people now tell you if you were understood or not. In my opinion, you were clear. The American people knew what you meant when you talked. Please, there is no need to clarify anything. Your voice was heard and that's why you couldn't even defeat Reid. As leaders, We need to change the way we talk.

    January 12, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. JEJ

    You have just as much blood of people much better than you splattered all over that tacky red outfit. It will haunt you to the end of your life.

    January 12, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
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