Well, I'm happy to report we've come a long way, baby! We now have government officials calling for the public hanging of Ob/Gyns.
Behold, North Carolina Rep. Larry Pittman and his action plan to hang citizens just because they are engaged in legal activities:
"We need to make the death penalty a real deterrent again by actually carrying it out. Every appeal that can be made should have to be made at one time, not in a serial manner," Pittman wrote in the email. "If murderers (and I would include abortionists, rapists, and kidnappers, as well) are actually executed, it will at least have the deterrent effect upon them. For my money, we should go back to public hangings, which would be more of a deterrent to others, as well."
When asked by a reporter to confirm that he, indeed, called for the public hanging of Ob/Gyns, rapists, and kidnappers, pastor, shipping worker, company chaplain and lawmaker Pittman had this to say:
He said he was tired and accidentally hit "Reply All" on an email that Moore [Rep. Tim Moore, another lawmaker] had sent to the General Assembly about Hembree [a death row inmate].
"I felt a need to 'vent' some of these feelings and intended to do so to him [Moore] alone. In the process, I got a bit carried away and overstated my case. I am sure I am not the only one who has ever done that.
"What I regret is that something I wrote as a personal note to a fellow member of the House has had the effect of taking the focus off of where it should be....
Accidentally hitting "Reply All" is something to focus on and regret, and worthy of an apology. Calling for the public hanging of citizens engaged in legal activities, not so much.
I was curious to see the media coverage on Rep. Larry Pittman. From what I read so far, no discussion or analysis of the fact that a government official is calling for the assassination of Ob/Gyns.
Mind you, I am well aware that Ob/Gyns aren't really "citizens" citizens, afforded the same legal protections, rights, and ability to do their job as actual citizens like, for example, judges are. Nevertheless, it's jarring to observe how far down the rabbit hole this country has fallen when a call by a government official to assassinate people engaged in legal activities isn't even considered worthy of public discussion, let alone controversial.
Speaking of public discussion, if you are a history buff, I've included the contact information for a few officials/organizations. Get in touch and get their reaction to a government official calling for the murder of people engaged in legal activities on the record. This way, once the government starts hanging citizens at its pleasure, you have a nice piece of memorabilia you can discuss with friends and family during the assassinations. Um, provided, of course, none of you happen to belong to one of the groups the government decides to murder just because it can.
Rep. Thom Tillis (Speaker of the House, the presiding officer of the House of Representatives) - Thom.Tillis@ncleg.net (919-733-3451)
Governor Bev Perdue - email@example.com (919-733-5612)
The United States Attorney's Office Middle District of North Carolina - Greensboro (336-333-5351), Winston-Salem (336-631-5268)
ACOG - firstname.lastname@example.org (202-484-3321)