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Increasing Tensions

The shooting of Republican Congressman Steve Scalise on Wednesday morning was the most recent example of the left resorting to violence to further their political aims:
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) was shot at a Republican congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning by a gunman who appeared to have targeted members of Congress.
What cannot be won at the ballot box will apparently be won by force. A day later the violence continued as the Republican candidate in a special House election candidate in Atlanta received threats. As reported by the Hill:
Karen Handel, the GOP nominee in Tuesday’s highly anticipated Georgia special House election, received a suspicious package at her house one day after a shooting injured five people at a GOP baseball practice outside of Washington, D.C.
The reporting on this abhorrent act highlighted left-leaning media taking steps to obscure violent acts against politicians from the right. In its post on the story CNN failed to note the party Handel was running for:

Suspicious envelopes were sent to the homes of Georgia politician Karen Handel and her neighbors as well as two Atlanta-area news stations, law enforcement said.

The fact that Handel is the Republican candidate is undeniably newsworthy. The seat Handel is seeking to fill has been held by a Republican for the past 38 years. CNN appears to seek to diminish the trend of violence against Republicans by omitting the party Handel represents.

Violence on the Streets

Another example of the trend of violence against Republicans took place in Tennessee last month. A woman was upset at how her congressman voted on the American Health Care Act:

A Tennessee woman hated that her congressman voted for the controversial Republican health-care bill in the House of Representatives, authorities said. So Wendi L. Wright tried to run Rep. David Kustoff (R-Tenn.) off the road after he visited the University of Tennessee at Martin, they said.

Kevin D. Williamson draws a connection between the violent rhetoric of the Left and the violent actions of people taken against conservatives in a piece in National Review:

A great deal of spittle has been deployed in the debate over whether or to what extent the Left’s recent indulgence of its penchant for violent rhetoric can be linked to the shooting of Representative Steve Scalise and other members of a Republican congressional baseball team by an angry Democratic activist and Bernie Sanders partisan.
But the relevant question here is not violent rhetoric but violence itself. The violence at Berkeley and Middlebury did not lead to the shooting in Alexandria — they are part of the same phenomenon: The American Left has embraced political violence.

Sadly Canada is not immune to violent rhetoric from the Left and condoning of violence against conservative figures. Warren Kinsella once worked in the PMO for Jean Chretien. He has been reduced to being rejected as a candidate by the Justin Trudeau Liberals, writing pieces for HuffPo and promoting violence in his blog. He posted the following ‘poll’ within an hour of the shooting of Steve Scalise:

Warren Kinsella condoned the shooting of a politician.

Kinsella is a self-aggrandizer who has inflated the traffic numbers for his blog. Thankfully his hateful condoning of violence is seen by a limited audience. Far more powerful Canadians on the left also condone violence, as long as it is against conservatives.

Edmonton Rally

During a January rally at the legislature grounds in Edmonton, a reporter for Rebel Media was punched by an angry leftist, Jason Dion Bews. To be exact about the events, Bews punched the reporter’s camera which hit her in the face.

The reporter was Sheila Gunn Reid. Gunn Reid was doing what journalists do, trying to interview people at an event. Bews did not want to be interviewed. Bews could have simply walked away from Gunn Reid. Instead, Bews gave Gunn Reid the finger and threatened her, saying “I’ll break your f*cking camera”. He then struck her camera which hit her in the face.

The Crown

The defense and Crown in the Bews case agreed to a sentence of a 12-month conditional discharge and counseling for anger management.

Provincial Court Judge Donna Groves questioned if Bews should be held responsible for his actions at all. As reported by the CBC:

“Dion Bews, 35, was given a three-month conditional discharge and ordered to complete 30 hours of community service. His sentence is less than what the defence and Crown had originally agreed on.

The two sides had asked the judge for a 12-month conditional discharge, including counselling for anger management, which the judge dismissed. Provincial court Judge Donna Groves questioned whether Bews needed to be under any conditions and pondered whether to give him an absolute discharge considering the “horrendous conduct of the complainant.”

The support of violence by a member of the judiciary is quite disturbing. Canadians should stand up against violence by the left. When Kinsella, whose rantings have appeared on the taxpayer-funded CBC website, can be understood as advocating violence due to the struggles with depression he has discussed publicly.

His depression explains his willingness to advocate for and accept violence. It does not excuse it. A judge accepting violence against a conservative journalist is more telling.

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