In the week since health care reform passed Congress, there have been threats made against lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans.
At least 10 Democrats have raised concerns about their personal safety since last Sunday’s vote, according to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland.
Examples of threats include House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-South Carolina, receiving a picture of noose via fax and a threatening letter with white powder sent to the office of Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-New York.
Republicans haven’t been immune from threats either. Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, reported a bullet being fired through a window of his campaign office. Also, Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, R-Florida, received a death threat on her district office’s voice mail.
There are ongoing investigations on all of the mentioned claims.
An article in the New York Times addressed how political anger turns into violence. In the article, Francesca Polletta, a sociologist at the University of California-Irvine, said a combination of the feeling of moral betrayal and a specific target can turn protest groups from talkers to aggressors.
There have been accusations from both parties about fanning the flames. Yet, members of both parties agree that violence is not the answer.
What do you think is the reason for the threats against members of Congress?