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Published January 11, 2011, 08:06 PM

Local Tea Party Member Speaks Out Against Blame in Shooting of Rep. Giffords

It wasn't long after a deadly Arizona shooting when the local sheriff in Tucson suggested the shooting spree was the result of heated political rhetoric in the country.

It wasn't long after the shooting when the local sheriff in Tucson suggested the shooting spree was the result of heated political rhetoric in the country. Talk radio personalities and the Tea Party Movement were quick to respond.

"But I think that many people have felt for a long time and many people are upset in America that we have become a very angry county, a part of it very ugly. Even though we have free speech in this country constantly, 24 hours a day 7 days a week, making the people angry at the government, public officials and elected officials and so forth," said Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik.

It's comments like these that make media and local Tea Party members upset.

Sheriff Clarence Dupnik first brought up the notion that the media and conservatives might share the blame for the shooting of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords.

"Anyone who would say that the Tea Party group is violent or behind those types of shootings is way out in left field," said Jerry Breyer, a local Tea Party member.

Giffords and twelve others were shot and injured at the town hall meeting in Tuscon. Six were killed. According to Tea Party members, their religious views keep them from even attempting these kinds of options.

"We are bound by the rules of the 10 commandments, the rules of the bill of rights and the constitution. That's where we are coming from," said Breyer.

For this group of political partiers, the pen is mightier than the sword.

"We letter write, we fax, we telephone our congressmen are representatives and we encourage them to abide by the constitution and the bill of rights," said Breyer.

The shooter has not been Linked to the Tea Party movement.

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