Not only that, but Houston area blogger and Texas State Democratic Executive Committee member John Cobarruvias offered an insincere apology for calling for the murder of Americans who have different political views than he does.
While the nation is united in grief over the senseless tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, the shootings have reignited a dividing debate about gun control. Many are taking to social media to express their opinions and they are not without controversy.
A tweet was circulated this weekend. It was posted by local Democratic Party precinct chair who wants tightened gun control, but the way he voiced it is another matter….
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What happened in Newtown has elevated rhetoric in the debate for and against gun control. The starkest example is a tweet posted after the shooting by a Houston member of the Texas Democratic Party's state executive committee. John Cobarruvias, who was elected to the party committee, wrote "Can we now shoot the NRA and everyone who defends them?"
We spoke to Cobarruvias by phone Monday.
"I think my emotions got the best of me on this one. I don't think it was the right thing to do. And that's just my personal opinion, I don't think it was the right thing," he said.
Cobarruvias says it was not a death threat. He also supports tighter gun control in the wake of the deaths of 20 elementary school students.
Let’s see figuratively “roll the tape” on this one and remember what he said.
Let’s see – he muses about killing members of a legal organization and its supporters while using a hashtag that ostensibly calls for prayer. He then explicitly rejects prayer and calls for action. Then he labels the NRA as terrorists. It isn’t that hard to draw a connection between the three, and it looks like this – “Prayer is ineffective, so we need to take action by killing those who support legal ownership because they are terrorists responsible for the deaths of innocent children.”
His Facebook status is equally clear in his desire to see political opponents killed off, so he cannot realistically claim that it was an unfortunate error typed out and posted in haste. Especially given his past calls for violence against political opponents.
But one does have to ask why the Texas Democratic Party has not publicly put distance between itself and Cobarruvias – perhaps even seeking his resignation from the State Democratic Executive Committee, the top party policy making body in the state. Similarly, one wonders why the Harris County Democrats have not done something similar.
ASIDE TO CHANNEL 13 HEADLINE WRITER: When an article is about a leader of one of the two major political parties in the state being caught calling for the mass murder of American citizens because of their beliefs about the US Constitution, is it really fair to give it the headline “Mass shooting at Newtown elementary school reignites debate over gun control”. After all, the article is not about the debate over gun control – it is about terroristic threats.
ASIDE TO CHANNEL 13 REPORTER DEBORAH WRIGLEY: You call this piece journalism? So much for the notion of hard-hitting reporting and ferreting out wrong-doers! You let the guilty party wriggle off the hook, and ignored a long history of such extreme statements.
A REMINDER OF JOHN'S PAST WRITINGS from my buddy Robbie over at Urban Grounds.