The debate over health care over the past year spawned some of the hardest feelings, with mass protests outside the Capitol, displays of firearms at political rallies, heated words at town hall meetings and threats of violence against lawmakers, including Giffords.The first three examples in the list are throwaways, no?
The shooting in Arizona made it clear that those threats are not to be taken lightly.
- Mass protests outside the Capitol
- displays of firearms at political rallies
- heated words at town hall meetings
Only the last on the list--threats of violence against lawmakers--is serious, and it has always been taken seriously. As a result, the next graph about taking threats seriously is another throwaway.
The news story (please let it be a column or news analysis!) feeds into the groundless lefty meme that aforementioned political behavior led Gifford's attacker to act as he did.