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.
Comparisons of Barack Obama to Hitler and Marxists
On November 10, 2008, one week after the 2008 presidential election, Broun drew national attention 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.
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."
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.