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Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
13-Jan-11 - 05:44 PM
Thread Name: BS: AZ Congresswoman Giffords shot
Subject: RE: BS: AZ Congresswoman Giffords shot
The rhetoric on both sides apparently had little to do with the Tucson shooting.

The media and agitators love to ride such speculations to death.

In the mid-19th C. Congressmen carried handguns into their chambers.
One incident frequently mentioned in histories of the time, in 1850, Sen. Foote of Miss. pulled a pistol on Sen. Benton of Missouri during a debate.
Fights with canes could be deadly, one congressman was caned so badly that he couldn't participtate again for three years.