Lawmaker suggests shooting officials

October 16, 2012

Asserting that California government officials are not good tax stewards, a Republican candidate has suggested they “should be shot” for their failings. [Sacramento Bee]

One-term Assemblyman Mike Morrell is locked in a battle with Democrat Russ Warner for the 40th Assembly District seat in San Bernardino.

Morrell was videotaped at a campaign event Sept. 29 saying: “Government picks winners and losers. So what I decided to do in California… study how good of a job does government do with our tax money in helping the poor. … (Laughter from the audience) … Somehow I don’t think you guys think they do very well. Well, let me tell ya. Let me tell ya. It ain’t very good. I mean, it’s, they should be shot.”

Warner called Morrell “too extreme for our democracy. Advocating violence against Americans and our California Legislature is a fundamental betrayal of the oath of office he swore.”

The excerpt can be seen and heard here.

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Where can I donate to this guy’s campaign?

Well…… if He gets two of them….. His life wasnt .wasted….. I’ll donate to the bail bond !

Will Shakespeare wrote a play, the title of which sums up this kerfuffle nicely:


Just exactly what would qualify for TREASON is yet to be determined by the courts but as I remember, it is punishable by death. This is what I learned in the 8th grade, here, in the USA.

Most politicians should be tarred and feathered first.

Not quite the same but similar story. Back around 1986 when Harry Ovite was still a councilman in Paso, the council was discussing various ways to finance the Niblick Bridge (Original one). Councilwoman Betty Cousins made the suggesting to make the 13th St. Bridge a toll bridge. Harry then made the comment that with the amount of trips people make accross the bridge in a given day, it would not be pratical. He went on to say (and this is pretty close) we’ll be lucky if all the locals don’t show up with guns and run us out of town. Did he really think that would happen? I would venture no. He was trying to emphasize a point. Same as what the guy here was doing.

How many people have ever used the statemant like, “I could kill that guy”. Or, “I could starngle him”. When you use that do you think anyone thinks you will or do most realize you are emphasizing a point?

He didn’t mean it in the literal context. The PC extremist are nothing but a big pain in the butt. Somebody should line them up and shoot them all.

Whether or not he meant it isn’t the issue, IMO.

Is this an appropriate way for a potential public official to be speaking?

There is the potential for a mentally unstable person to take that as their secret message from god to act on their own violent fantasies.

Son of Sam acted on the suggestions he believed were coming from the neighbor’s German shepherd.

It does happen.


The Son of Sam acted on the suggestions of his neighbor’s dog? Exactly! That’s why we need to make sure no German Shepherd is left behind.

What a ridiculous post. Are you suggesting that we all guard our words and not use slang, common phrases, or colloquialisms because crazy people might start to act crazy? Do you realize how ubiquitous these are in our society?


Now you can shoot down my idea, take your best shot, or, shoot, fire a round into this whole conversation.

I expect different standards of behavior from a public official than I do my friends and neighbors.

Words from public officials carry more weight than do the words of friends and neighbors.

Public officials have more power over us than do our friends and neighbors.

Public officials can do more damage to us than can friends and neighbors.

Public officials are different than those who cannot wield the power of office.

I don’t think I am unique in these beliefs.

Just my opinion, your mileage may vary.

You expect more, but we get the government we deserve. I.E. they are just a reflection of us.

It’s like when we first discovered that our elementary school teachers used the bathroom! What a shocker that was!

Here is a prime example of what I think he was trying to say- Tax Loophole Pays Out Billions In Tax Credits To Illegal Aliens

Read more:

Illegal Immigrants Loosing Some Tax Payer Funds- $6.5 Billion stolen

Seriously? Who really thinks he wants to shoot someone? Ideological NUTJOBS, that’s who (like the Excramento Bee).

Even in READING the transcript – which often does not convey the jest things are often said in – it is abundantly clear that it was a metaphor.

Next story.