Michele Bachmann shoots from the lip: A timeline of the congresswoman's incendiary statements

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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords barely survived a massacre in Tucson on Saturday, after gunman Jared Lee Loughner opened fire on her and a crowd of supporters and staff.

Six people died in the attack, including a judge and a 9-year-old girl. Many more were injured. And now there have been calls for politicians like Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to ease up on political speeches that glorify gun rhetoric and bloody revolutions.

A Bachmann primer:

On opposing environmental legislation in early 2009:

"I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back. Thomas Jefferson told us 'having a revolution every now and then is a good thing,' and the people - we the people - are going to have to fight back hard if we're not going to lose our country. And I think this has the potential of changing the dynamic of freedom forever in the United States.

Telling The Northern Alliance's John Hinderaker and Brian Ward she's in a war:

"I'm a foreign correspondent on enemy lines and I try to let everyone back here in Minnesota know exactly the nefarious activities that are taking place in Washington."

On opposing health care reform in September 2009:

"What we have to do today is make a covenant, to slit our wrists, be blood brothers on this thing. This will not pass. We will do whatever it takes to make sure this doesn't pass."

Declaring in January 2010 that her favorite "big gun" is an AR-15.

I don't get as much time to go and shoot as I would like, but my favorite gun is the AR-15. It's so accurate. It is a big gun! I'll do a handgun, but it's not my favorite.

On slitting her wrists:

That's from the cowboy and Indian movies from the 1950s. That's all my brothers and I watched: John Wayne and cowboys and Indians.

Likening the health care debate in March 2010 to the suicidal Charge of the Light Brigade. (And realizing later her history was bollixed.)

In April she told tea partiers we have a gangster government of street hoodlums:

"We're on to them. We're on to this gangster government. And we are not going to let them have their way."

Then she asserted Bill Clinton put a hit on her:

"Because I'm using a statement like 'gangster,' I'm responsible for creating the climate of hate that could lead to another Timothy McVeigh and another Oklahoma City bombing."

She defended her "gangster government" talk on Fox:

On seeking a vote to repeal health care reform in December:

"If they don't I think there needs to be an insurrection here in Washington, D.C against our own leadership--because that is the message that's come loud and clear out of this election: a full scale repudiation and rejection of the federal government takeover of private industry."

Rep. Keith Ellison is among Bachmann's critics focusing this kind of language. He's called on her to tone it down.


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