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. chris

    She and everyone else who spew harmful rhetoric in the public need to take responsibilty for their choice of words!!!
    It is so funny how now they are all shouting don't blame me!!!

    January 12, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  2. Dave

    Who cares what this dolt thinks? Angle and her supporters are dumber than dirt and she got her clocked cleaned by one of the more unpopular Senators out there. Angle sits there and talks about "second amendment remedies" and then when someone shoots a Congresswoman, a Federal judge, a young child, and a host of others, she runs from her own words like her pants were on fire.

    There is a reason why people like Angle, Palin, O'Donnell, and Miller will never be taken seriously. They run their mouths with no thoughts of intelligant debate and insight, and they take zero responsibility for their actions while pointing their fingers at anyone except for themselves. Angle and her ilk are truly pathetic.

    January 12, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  3. Lolo

    Please stop the lies.

    January 12, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. informed voter

    Mrs. Angle and Mrs. Palin would do well to simply apologize for their foolish words. Defending their vicious comments in the past only serves to prove they are guilty of gross negligence, ignorance, and fear mongering. They should truly be ashamed of themselves. Unfortunately, I doubt there is much self reflection for either of these two sorry politicians.

    January 12, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  5. Paul

    Then please, Ms. Angle, explain exactly what you meant by "2nd amendment remedies". What exactly is a 2nd ammendment remedy, and how does it apply to citizens who disagree with congress?

    January 12, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  6. Guest

    I guess the libs are taking a page from your playbook Sharon. Time for the left to re-energize, "reload", and take this great country back from the puritanical right!

    January 12, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  7. Caren

    It already happened and You Republican got what you ask for.

    January 12, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  8. Average American

    Wow! I can see why Sarah Palin and Sharron Angle get along. These have to be the two LEAST reflective people in the country. Hey ladies, stop trying to defend yourself and take a looooong look in the mirror. Gabrielle Giffords is fighting for her life, and six innocent people are dead, because some crazy person resorted to using "a 2nd amendment remedy" on a congresswoman who had cross hairs over her district on your website.

    January 12, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  9. ross berg

    She most certainly shares some of the blame for degrading the political discourse with her many wacko comments and phrases. Like Palin her propensity to speak in NRA type language only enflames the fringe right and the mentally unstable.

    Thanks be to God that she wasn't elected!! Can you imagine her as a US Senator??? Really!!!

    January 12, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  10. Name Creole

    Man UP angle Man UP!!!!!!!

    January 12, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  11. ...

    Once again...if the shoe fits.

    To act as though or actions & words have no consequence is extremely naive at best.

    January 12, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  12. DJ in TX

    Like when you used the words – we have to take Harry Reid out. Now, I'm a stable person and knew exactly what you mean as most American's did. But there are some out there that could say something else. It could take on a "literal" meaning. In NO WAY do I blame you, Palin, or anyone else for this act. But it is time to dis agree without the rhetoric. We need to stop using words like – Death Panels, Marxist, Communist, etc. Stop saying words, like, reload and take people out. Democrats, Republicans, Tea Party, Conservatives, Liberals, we are ALL AMERICANS. Let's start acting like it. Disagree, debate, assemble, protest, I'm all for it. But we need to be respectful and stop demonizing each other. We don't know this guys motives, but we can all learn from it.

    January 12, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  13. Michael - Portage

    Let's get this straight...she implicitly endorses "Second Amendment remedies" and then says that nothing she said during the campaign could be contrued to endorse any act such as this? Thank God she lost the election.

    January 12, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  14. Kara

    No she hasn't.

    January 12, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  15. Jack

    What this tragedy has done (and Angle is not in any way responsible for it) had focused out attention, as a nation, on vitriolic language used by politicians and the media. This act may not have been caused by any of the vitriolic language being thrown around but it woke us up to the potentilal for the consquences of such language. Angle may say she abhors violence but she is the one who used the phrase "second amendment solution" to get rid of the opposition. What these very public people need to do is "man-up" and admit they have been careless with their language and, if they do so, they might find sympathy and some support from the public. If they continue to complain that they are being wronged they will only lose standing in the public's eye.

    January 12, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  16. Rosslaw

    Spewing bile filled invective suggesting that her "kind" need to shoot the "other" kinds of Americans not to her liking and then whining when called on it-Palin and Angle have this kibuki dance down to a fine art form. Their notion of civility is simply beating the living daylights out of, for example, women as with Paul Rand's toadies and then demanding the beaten woman apologize to them. I don't recall Palin and Angle commenting on that little exercise of the right wing's version of First Amendment rights.

    January 12, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  17. Lawrence

    What we need is people with FORTHOUGHT not you.

    January 12, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  18. Indy

    Now Angle and Palin are making this all about themselves as the victims. They are so ignorant they can't tell the difference between direct blame and the very fact that they both were a way out of line for their choices of words. These two will never "Man Up" enough to say sorry if I offended anyone with my words. This whole debate should have taken place when it happened and both Palin and Angle should have been severley denounced for their tactics by Republicans and because they were not man enough to say Palin and Angle were dead wrong,now Angle, Limbaugh and Palin will play the victim card and make this political. Keep in mind all of the mentioned above hold no elected office, and never will.

    January 12, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  19. New Age Independant

    Democrat political maneuvering around this horrid event is sickening. If this is what democrats are all about, then I will have nothing to do with the party ever again. It's sad what liberals have turned the party into these days. They have become the most hateful and intolerant group I have ever known.

    January 12, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  20. The Other Dale

    "... which, like Palin, is why I want to capitalize on this tragedy by playing the blame game." Are there any adults in politics anymore?

    January 12, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  21. Eric

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

    After being reminded of this statement I understand what the Sheriff was trying to say. It wasn't about one statement or a map, it's about a conglomerate of statements and a tone set that has made it okay to be violent if necessary in the discourse of politics. If a statement takes re-explaining it was probably not that well thought out and irresponsible to being with.

    January 12, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  22. Susan Domingo

    Reasonalble political dialogue? What a crock.

    January 12, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  23. sammieb51

    What, did the girls all decide on their conference call that today was the day to address this issue and the accusations that their venom may have contributed? Give me a break. Angle needs to take her lead from the last election and GO HOME, LEAVE THE STAGE.

    January 12, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  24. sara

    What part of this Don't YOU get?? "not only by the act itself, but by the words that are SPOKEN. Now please tell us what YOU mean about the" 2nd amendent remedies" if the the people didn't vote the way YOU wanted them to VOTE? Can YOU just MAN UP for once!

    January 12, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  25. Como

    So it is OK for Manchin (D) to pickup a hunting rifle and shoot a hole in "Cap and Trade" on TV but words by Republicans are murderous. So said the National Paranoia Party, oh Democrats.

    January 12, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
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