PA Democrat asks if she can kill a Republican Representative
(EXAMINER) While debating a bill expanding a Pennsylvania law allowing deadly force in cases of self-defense, Democratic Representative Margo Davidson of Delco used a hypothetical situation to ask if she could kill a Republican colleague.
According to an article at phiily.com:
In rendering scenarios in which the new law might excuse the killing of a person perceived as a threat, Davidson stood on the House floor and asked a question that included a reference to the chamber’s most conservative member and maybe strongest pro-gun advocate, Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler County.
“If the gentleman from Butler County stood yelling, knowing that he’s a gun-toter, and I felt threatened, would I be protected under court law if I blew his brains out?”
John Baer writes that Davidson giggled amid audible gasps.
House Speaker Sam Smith ordered Davidson’s remarks stricken from the record, but they will never be stricken from the memory of those present.
It is what it is – another example of Democratic hypocrisy on display.
After the Tucson shooting that left Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords fighting for her life with a gunshot wound to the head, Democrats and their willing allies in the media (a.k.a. the Democrat-media complex) immediately blamed Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, clip art, and conservative speech in general for the shooting.
Liberals even suggested legislation banning certain words and cross-hair clip art, claiming it was necessary to prevent similar actions by people who might be prone to violence.
Warner Todd Huston writes at Big Government:
Before we even go on with this story, imagine if a white, male, and Republican politician had asked during a debate on policy if it would be OK if he blew the brains out of a black, female, Democrat. Just imagine what would be happening to such a man should he have done this. Certainly his name would be on the lips of every TV newscaster for at least a week after he said such an outrageous thing. Movements would be born to oust him from his elected position. Colleagues would be condemning him. Race-baiters would be flocking to the state for vigils. Further his own party would be denouncing him in no uncertain terms.
But what we have here is a black female, a Democrat from a big city, and no one is paying any attention at all. Obviously it is not a big deal. Apparently we are expected to just move on as if there is nothing wrong with a black woman expressing the desire to kill her political opponent.
Double standard is the nicest thing I can say about it.
Davidson issued a statement saying:
“In one of my hypothetical questions, I used graphic language to illustrate the tragic results of violence. Taking a person’s life is a horrific and disturbing thing that cannot be undone. I used this strong language to urge my colleagues to pause before creating a more violent society.
“I did not explain to my House colleagues another reason why I used the language I did. I am personally acquainted with the tragic results of violence. My brother was murdered. Someone broke into his home to rob him. He didn’t have any money on him, and the criminal shot him in the chest at point-blank range. I sat in the courtroom during the trial, heard graphic descriptions of what that did to him, and saw graphic photos of his wounds. I would not wish that on anyone – not another member of the House, not anyone.
“In the future, I may choose different language to illustrate how serious and final it is to take a person’s life. While the language I used may be shocking, it was very clearly a hypothetical to illustrate that death is final and taking a life is violent. I’m against violence because of how horrific and tragic it is, and I don’t think it’s something we should be increasing in Pennsylvania. That is my point.
Davidson offered no apology to Metcalfe in her statement.
Baer called her question a “profound embarrassment to Pennsylvania…” and Huston writes:
Coming only a day after our president went on TV to tell the nation that Republicans that want to cut the gross overspending of Congress and balance the budget are guilty of trying to kill old people and how anyone making over $200,000 a year are selfish jerks I suppose having another Democrat politician saying that she wants to murder a Republican really is no big deal.
Democrats, it seems, are wholly exempt from civility.