Michele Bachmann scolded on House floor for "armed and dangerous" talk [VIDEO]

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Armed and dangerous.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann's guns-and-ammo talk about voters being "armed and dangerous" has gained a whole new shelf life in the wake of Jared Loughner's Tuscon rampage last week.

On the floor of the House of Representatives, Democratic congressman John Dingell has now included her infamous quote in a laundry list of crazy rhetoric from various elected officials that's great for headlines but not so useful for dealing with real problems.

"Armed and dangerous" fit right in with the calls for "second amendment remedies" and "don't retreat, reload" that Dingell quoted. And it's now part of the national discussion over what Jon Stewart described last night to Tim Pawlenty as "revolution fetish."

Except for saying in an official statement that her tears were flowing for her friend, the injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in the immediate wake of Laughner's insane massacre, Bachmann has remained out of the media limelight in the ensuing shout fest over whether bellicose politicians ought to tone down their act. But on Facebook, she's posted a series of updates that ask for prayers for Giffords, the six people slain, their families and friends.

Here's her full quote (read "Shooting from the lip" for more like it):

"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.

Here's Dingell:

Is Bachmann out of line, or is Dingell over-reacting? Tell us what you think.

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The Late Ixo
The Late Ixo

Hey that's great -- subtle political thinking in an alternative newspaper! Cool! How about Candidate Obama's statement during the 2008 campaign that if the Republicans bring a knife to the fight, Democrats should bring a gun? Did he actually mean he would shoot opponents? Or the Democrats' map showing not Sarah Palin's cross-hairs but bulls-eyes? Were they also advocating violence?

Do you people just run outside every morning and beg to be misguided and misled? It's working.


John Dingell has a salient point. These " calls to arms " have no place in our Congress or our society. Coupled with the fact that such rhetoric is dangerous and detrimental to productivity in the Halls of Congress or the streets of America, is the fact that Ms. Bachmann seems to have absolutely no comprehension of history or the Constitution she so proudly waves.


regarding Michelle Bachmann: Everyone is jealous of a rock start & she scares the Dems because she is armed & dangerous!


No one is jealous of raving lunatic and what is rock start!

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