What an emotional day following the horrific and tragic shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona, and the death or injury of 18 others. Pima Sheriff Clarence Dupnik gives voice to what has concerned me for years -- vitriolic, hateful rhetoric that permeates far too much of our public discourse.
MSNBC's Keith Olbermann delivered an excellent commentary on the subject as well that included taking responsibility for a comment he directed at Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her 2008 bid for the White House. Violence has no place in our political process, and must be soundly denounced by individuals on all sides of the political debate.
This includes calling out violence comments on our own blogs and social network sites. Until everyone takes responsibility the rhetoric won't end.
I urge everyone to repeat after me: "The power to END violence BEGINS with ME."