Originally posted by USA Today/APKNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gunshots shattered the plate-glass front doors of a local Bush-Cheney campaign headquarters Tuesday morning before volunteers reported to work. "For someone to use that level of violence to try to make a political point, it is just a shock," said Chad Tindell, Knox County Republican chairman.
Police believe someone pulled up to the Kingston Pike Shopping Center storefront of Bush-Cheney Victory 2004, the state GOP's grass-roots support organization, between 6:45 and 7:15 a.m. ET and began firing.
No one was inside and no one was injured.
"We know there were at least two shots and possibly more," Knoxville police spokesman Darrell DeBusk said. Police were searching for bullet fragments and suspects.
Corey Johns, the local Bush-Cheney campaign coordinator, said the office had received no threats.
"You always have people stealing yard signs and things like that, and some people have done some pretty hateful things on both sides," he said. "But nothing of this magnitude."
Knox County Democratic chairman Jim Gray called the attack "despicable."
"I can't imagine what kind of thinking inspired it or maybe what amount of alcohol," Gray said. "My second thought is, maybe it was just someone who got tired of their darn Kerry signs being stolen."
A Bush-Cheney yard sign pierced by a bullet was salvaged from the broken glass on the floor and proudly hung on a campaign office wall.
"A .32 (caliber) maybe, if I would guess," state legislative candidate Stacey Campfield said, trying to gauge the bullet.
"Stuff like this galvanizes people," he said.
Go back and read the bold face text and realize what a dick that guy is...
Originally posted by The ThrillI also could've sworn I overheard folks in the office talking about a teacher offering his/her students a bounty for swiping Bush/Cheney signs.
Ye gods, I hope that isn't true.
When I was in high school, I had a very conservative teacher who was always telling us to get involved in politics. She was a Dole supporter in the 96 election, and would use her influence as an authority figure to sway us to her side.
One day, a student came in to class and said "I got involved in politics today!" She was very excited, because this kid wasn't the politically active sort. She asked him what he did, and he said his trunk was full of Clinton/Gore signs that he stole as he drove to school that morning.
Needless to say, she was horrified. The good news is, she was a lawyer, so she offered her services in case he was ever arrested (he wasn't).
I kind of fall in the middle here. I have zero tolerance for repeat violent offenders. I saw a case here in New York where a man stabbed his wife 16 times in front of their 7-year-old daughter, and got 8 years. That's ridiculous.