Town hall question: "Who's going to shoot Obama?"


Once again, this is the kind of question that infects crowds and could spur those over the edge to act violently. Do people like this learn nothing from the Tucson shootings?

A person at a Tuesday town hall with Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., got up and asked, "Who is going to shoot President Obama?" [...]

The question prompted a "big laugh" from the crowd, in Oglethorpe County, Ga., according to the Banner-Herald. Broun, for his part, did not object to the question. He said in response:

"The thing is, I know there’s a lot of frustration with this president..."

I'm sure the Secret Service will be all over this, considering how they sprang into action over tweets and Facebook pages expressing similar sentiments.

But what about those who though the question was a barrel of laughs? Memo to them: Assassination is not a joke, and it should not evoke "big" laughter. Then again, we should no longer be surprised at the Second Amendment remedy crowd's response to Obama-hating spew. Appalled yes, surprised, no.

As for the despicable Broun, proud member of the Tea Party caucus:

Comparisons of Barack Obama to Hitler and Marxists

On November 10, 2008, one week after the 2008 presidential election, Broun drew national attention[13] when he criticized then-President-elect Barack Obama's call for a civilian national service corps, suggesting that Obama might use it to establish a Marxist dictatorship.[14]

In an interview with the Associated Press, Broun said, "That's exactly what Hitler did in Nazi Germany and it's exactly what the Soviet Union did. When he's proposing to have a national security force that's answering to him, that is as strong as the U.S. military, he's showing me signs of being Marxist." Broun later clarified his statement by saying, "We can't be lulled into complacency. You have to remember that Adolf Hitler was elected in a democratic Germany. I'm not comparing him to Adolf Hitler. What I'm saying is there is the potential of going down that road."[14]

UPDATE, Broun's statement, in part (more at link):

I was stunned by the question and chose not to dignify it with a response; therefore, at that moment I moved on to the next person with a question. After the event, my office took action with the appropriate authorities. I deeply regret that this incident happened at all. Furthermore, I condemn all statements—made in sincerity or jest—that threaten or suggest the use of violence against the President of the United States or any other public official. Such rhetoric cannot and will not be tolerated.

  • This is just outrageous. Broun should have given that animal a severe public tongue lashing. Instead he gave a response that just about condoned the question. Why has common decency been turned into a negative trait? Bush destroyed our economy and lied us into a war yet you never heard of such a question being put forth about him.

  • Marnie

    Can we call this Mr. Broun Kills Washington?

  • MarBarton

    Mr Broun.
    Why stunned? You have invited it? You basked in the laughter and honored the question with acquiescence and a discussion which validated the question.
    Which is to say you agreed with the question.

    You are a facilitator and an active abettor to threats to the life of the person who is the elected leader of thss democracy.

    Have you no moral compass to honor the treat of violence against an American citizen, and to see laughter at the thread as socially acceptable?

    When you walk the halls of the Capitol Building with its portraits and statues of the men who set the high standards of discourse that this country is honored for around the world, for 2 centuries, how can you feel no shame?

  • Kalifani6

    Not if America takes them down 1st.

    Did you see the way the Teaparty was dwarfed by the Wisconsin protesters when they were dispatched to infiltrate & provoke violence at the behest of their Koch masters.
    They even failed at framing them w/plants there to make them look as effed up as the teabaggers made themselves out to be.
    [yet, they still deny & falsely blame us for their actual crimes]

    Time to put them in check.
    All we have to do is show up in the streets.
    Bring the protest to their headquarters.

  • Walt

    Ironically, these tea baggers and right wingers, who mimic their mean spirited, bigoted puppet masters (oppressors), have a lot more in common with the German people who irrationally and foolishly backed the Nazi Party. They too, followed in anger, their mean spirited, bigoted puppet master (oppressors).

    As an American, I am so embarrassed for the stupidity and weakness of these ugly Americans that are unaware they are helping to take down their own country.

  • Hardcoredem1

    Disgusting!! Those are the people who let their guns do their talking because their brains are incapable of it.