Politicians love a crisis. It gives them an excuse to push silly freedom-killing laws that will do nothing to address a perceived problem, but makes them feel good.
Case in point:
The Caucus Blog at the New York Times reports that Pennsylvania Democrat Bob Brady plans to introduce a bill banning symbols like "that now-infamous campaign crosshair map."
The map in question is one used by Sarah Palin in an ad showing targeted districts in the 2010 elections.
The left wing Daily Kos used a similar map targeting blue dog Democrats for defeat, but little mention is made of that map outside conservative web sites.
Apparently, the mainstream media thinks such graphics are only dangerous when used by conservatives.
Nevertheless, if Brady has his way, such graphics may become illegal in campaign ads, even though there is no evidence such graphics had any role in the shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Federal employees would be protected from such graphics as well.
"You can't threaten the president with a bullseye or a crosshair," Representative Brady said, Brady admitted to the Caucus that he had no idea if the graphic had any part to play in the assault.
"I don't know what's in that nut's head. I would rather be safe than sorry," Brady told the Caucus, adding, "this is not a wakeup call. This is a major alarm going off. We need to be more civil with each other. We need to tone down this rhetoric."
So, Brady is willing to shred the First Amendment for a false sense of security.
Given the new rules in the GOP-led House, his Constitutional citation should be very interesting.