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Florida tea party leader condemns Arizona shooting as act of a 'mad man'



Everett Wilkinson, Florida coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots and chairman of the South Florida Tea Party, released a statement about the shootings in Arizona.

SFTP considers the shooting today is that of a mad man. We, as Americans, must not tolerate these irrational and heinous acts of mad men. Single acts of violence of crazy people should not be considered the general rule of how citizens communicate with their elected officials. We must remember this is an exception to the how Americans interact with their elected officials.

SFTP calls on all community leaders to condemn violence and assist people in seeking help who they come into contact with that may be having violent thoughts toward themselves or others.

SFTP condemns all violent rhetoric and has a zero tolerance toward violence. SFTP has consistently condemned statements and acts of violence both on the right and left. It was just last year that SFTP condemned both the shooting of Congressman Eric Cantor's office and when Robert Lowry, congressional candidate for FL 20, shot at a target with the Congresswomen Debbie Wasserman Shultz's initials.

"I just spent this past week meeting with members on both sides of Congress on this week," Wilkinson said. "I am sick to my stomach that someone would shoot a Member of Congress and fellow citizens. Violence is intolerable, be it from the Left or Right."

Our hope is that this heinous act will affect a positive change between the interaction between elected officials and their constituents.
We are asking members and the public to pray for the shooting victims and their families. In addition we are also praying for the safety of Congressmen, Senators, President Obama and other elected officials in the aftermath of this shooting.

[Last modified: Saturday, January 8, 2011 10:43pm]


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