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Tue, Feb. 18

Letter: How can citizens speak up now?

The mass shooting in Tucson on Saturday was horrific. I think we all can agree on this. My condolences go out to the victims and their families. But you have to ask yourself what the after-effect well be. It didn't take long for the mainstream media to put their two cents in. It's all Sarah Palin's fault, they said. They were referring to Palin's ad during the midterm elections of "targeting" certain Democratic candidates, including Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the congresswoman who was shot on Saturday. I'm not a fan of Palin, but accusing her of calling for Gifford's assassination is ridiculous.

The media also tries to connect Palin to the tea party movement. The truth is the tea party was started by Ron Paul and the Libertarians. It was co-opted by the establishment Republicans to derail and compromise the movement. Pima county Sheriff Clarence Dupnik also wasted no time chiming in. Dupnik blamed conservative talk radio despite the alleged shooter, Jared Loughner being a left winger who listed amongst his favorite books, "The Communist Manifesto." Dupnik also said that Arizona has become "the mecca for prejudice and bigotry." In my opinion, this will trigger an all-out assault on the 1st and 2nd amendments.

Now, if citizens speak up to defend themselves against a giant criminal and tyrannical government, they will be labeled a terrorist who is calling for violence. They want to stifle your voice once and for all.

Michael Hagwood Sr.

Mohave Valley

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