In light of the recent shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin has been criticised for her use of gun-sights and gun-related rhetoric in her recent political campaigns.
As well as using gun-sights to highlight regions for her campaigners to target – including the Arizona District held by Congresswoman Giffords – she also tweeted to her followers, “Don’t retreat, instead : RELOAD!” after last year’s elections.
We sent our reporters out onto the streets to find out what you thought about Palin’s controversial use of such gun-related terms in world of American politics.
|“Don’t be silly, you can’t blame Sarah Palin for the shooting. Glock 9mm handguns – like that used by Loughner – don’t use gun-sights. Every five year-old American child knows that.”|
Mike Williams, Gun Enthusiast
|“If she’d used penises on that map I suppose her critics would say she’d been responsible for all the sex in Arizona, right?”|
Michelle Duberry, Counsellor
|“I’d suggest her eagerness to put targets all over the place makes her the perfect person to be in command of the big red button in the Oval Office.”|
Will Chambers, Republican sympathiser
“That’s no reason to blame her for the Arizona incident. Anyone who has seen her TV show knows that anything in her gun-sight will never come to any harm. She can’t shoot for shit.”
Jane Simpson, Hunter
“Sure, it’s just like America to focus on the cross-hairs on domestic targets, but no-one has mentioned that for weeks now she’s been scratching big red targets into every photo of Julian Assange she sees.”
John Davies, Painter