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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soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. LogicDictates

    "Our rhetoric can't be blamed for inciting violence!! Your saying it can is dangerous and can incite violence!!!"

    absolutely incredible....

    January 12, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  2. demogal

    Pretty self-serving, Sharon. What about the big "if"? As in, "If any words or actions of mine contributed to the mindset of this troubled individual and his actions, that was not my intention and I am truly sorry."

    January 12, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  3. Darth Cheney

    So her "second amendment remedies" aren't dangerous, but criticism of her is. Nice.

    January 12, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  4. GI Joe

    How are those second amendment remedies working for you now Sharon? Good Job, IDIOT.

    January 12, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  5. billy

    Angle is a disgrace.

    January 12, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  6. Byrd

    Yes, Angle condemns all acts of violence except for the 2nd Amendment Remedies she's repeatedly suggested. Like Palin, she owns those words and no amount of back-peddling is going to change that fact.

    January 12, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  7. -jaco

    Perhaps this crazy woman would care to elaborate just what 2nd amendment solutions are since they don't involve violence?

    January 12, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  8. joe blow

    ok sharon, you aren't responsible for your stupid words. now take you lithium and slide into obscurity.

    January 12, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  9. Gordon

    the shooter was obsessed with his twisted plans long before the tea party movement bega,,,and He didnt do anything...til, U guys started all those negative comments!!!

    January 12, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  10. u2canfail

    Sharon Angle is not responsible for the shooting. A totally crazy person is the only one guilty. That is a fact.

    Angle made a name for herself blaming people who were not personally responsible for things, she was against. So, I find it hard to fathom her comment here, being serious. Was it Canadians or Asians in her ads? And if so, where in the USA are they the immigration problem? Oh, yes, Nevada was overrun by Asians and Canadians and that is the problem with the economy and surely health care. (Tea Party madness is to blame, and blame others, for every problem.)

    January 12, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  11. mr.stogie

    Ok, this woman is just plain delusional.

    January 12, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  12. Only Pragmatic

    Sharon, Sharon Sharon. You reap what you sow, honey. The only reason people people are blaming you is because you are partially responsible. Now, what's truly reprehensible is you failing to take reasponsibility for your behavior. Mr. Loughner will be judged for his poor behavior. You probably never will be. Keep in mind it was your pal Sarah who said, "Don't retreat. Reload." Well, doll, words have consequences. You see, when you engage in hate speech with a violent edge, someone is bound to be adversely influenced. Sooner or later, you're going to have to face the fact that you're part of the problem here.

    January 12, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  13. Florida Joe

    "I have consistently called for reasonable political dialogue on policy issues to encourage civil political education and debate," she added.
    REALLY, you call telling your supporters that if the vote doesn't go your way there are 2nd Amendment remedies to use RESPONSIBLE?.....Admit it, you are a hate monger just like Palin and now that some deranged guy listened to you how many are DEAD and wonded? You need to GO AWAY

    January 12, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  14. Jason

    You told us that people would and probably should use their guns against Congressmen if they didn't change their views, and that's exactly what happened. How in the world can you distance yourself from that?

    January 12, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  15. TM

    Ms. Angle you made a statement that boiled down to "If you don't like what the government does, get a gun and USE it to attack that government". And guess what? Someone just did EXACTLY that. Your words were DELIBERATELY inflammatory. You yelled FIRE in a crowded theatre withe no consideration about the harm you would cause as a result. Maybe you will think twice before shooting you ignorant mouth off again. At the very least, I hope this nation remembers your words and your utter lack of judgement should you ever darken the political doorstep again.

    January 12, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  16. blaqmajik

    Typical right wing response...its okay as long as it doesn't happen to us. This type of speech is now dangerous because they don't want someone to run up on them. Its too late, the blood is already on your hands.

    January 12, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  17. marie md

    It took crazy angle and her second amendment remedies almost a week to crawl from under a rick and lie! Same with mentor from alaska. They are both useless monsters!!

    January 12, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  18. Realistic

    Well well well, look who is trying to make lemonade from lemons now. Its bitter taste to realize that not only did you get pounded by a fairly unpopular senator up for re-election but now your rhetoric is proving hard to distance yourself from.

    January 12, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  19. AEK

    So, what exactly does Second Amendment remedy actually mean, Mrs Angle? You are a lier and a coward for not taking responsibility for your vile rhetoric you spewed forth during the election.

    January 12, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  20. Seattle Sue

    Angle, How is that taking them out with 2nd amendment thing working out for you? Your condemming violence is too little,too late. You and Palin might plan a little get together to wash blood from your hands. Your kind of people are inexcuseable!

    January 12, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  21. Mountaineer

    Angle condemns the violence, yet she used such violent tones during her campaign that it is irreprehensible. She has no reason to be in politics and yes, her rhetoric was calling for second amendment remedies. I guess the shootings was the remedies she and others were talking about!

    January 12, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  22. wiredweirdoinSF

    She really did not have to say anything, polls indicate that Americans don't believe the crap the democrat liberals are putting out. They have lost all credibility and people now see throught them. Just waiting until 2012 to get rid of the libs in the Senate and that idiot that some village in Kenya lost.

    January 12, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  23. jboh

    2nd amendments remedies sounded, and sounds like, murder Reid if I lose to me. Your fake indignation over complaints about your hate mongering only shows your shallowness, ignorance.

    January 12, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  24. LovesIrony

    "I have consistently called for reasonable political dialogue..." Then why did you run from reporters? You ignorant liar

    January 12, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  25. justmiddle

    I love how the fanatics on either side of the political spectrum like to distance themselves from their comments and rhetoric when something tragic happens. Just because one of these figures (Palin, Angle, etc) says "I don't condone violence" doesn't mean anything to me. Their words throughout the campaign seasons and beyond are irresponsible and inflammatory. Don't back down now with your harsh and insensitive words and ridiculous one-liners. You need to own it. Because everyday people are easily influenced by words (watch our campaign season...doesn't take a genius to see that). And public figures DO influence the actions of everyday people (as much as that pains me to see). You DO hold some responsibility. But you can make a positive difference by acting like a mature, adult human being moving forward.

    January 12, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
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