‘If Ballots Don’t Work, Bullets Will’ Joyce Kaufman Florida Tea Party video
Joyce Kaufman, former political aide to Representative Allen West (Republican, Florida) has come under fire for comments made during a Florida Tea Party rally held on July 3, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale. The remarks are stirring debate after the devastating Arizona shooting massacre left 6 dead, 13 wounded and sparked a nationwide discussion on political rhetoric. The comments made by Joyce Kaufman focus on a statement where she stated that “If ballots’ don’t work; bullets will.”
You may see a video of Joyce Kaufman making the statements in the video player to the left.
Joyce Kaufman is a radio talk show host with a program that airs on 850 WFTL The “ballots and bullets” comment was brought up during Sunday’s episode of Meet the Press. During a round table event, the panel, which included Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) discussed Joyce Kauffman’s comments.
Rep. Trent Franks sated, “Well, I think, you know, we’re a country that tries to solve our problems by ballots and not bullets, so a good debate is fine. But when you try to, to, to go into an area of threatening debate and things of that nature, then it’s very dangerous. But I want to be very careful here. We don’t want to give this Loughner too much credit here…”
Rep. Wasserman Schultz stated, “Just based on what Trent just said and what, what everyone has said, I agree, it’s our responsibility to, to make sure that we set the right example and set the tone of civility. But the shock jocks and the, the, the political movement leaders that are out there on both sides of the aisle need to get–have some pause as well. I mean, the, the phrase that you just used, “we, we use ballots, not bullets,” the actual reverse of that phrase was used in my district by someone who was almost the chief of staff to an incoming member of Congress where she said at a rally, at a tea party rally, “We will use bullets if ballots don’t work.” So the rhetoric outside needs to be toned down as well. But we have to set the first example.”
During Kaufman’s interview she said that she didn’t care if her comments were posted on YouTube, “I don’t care how this gets painted by the mainstream media, I don’t care if this shows up on YouTube because I am convinced that the most important thing the Founding Fathers did to ensure me my First Amendment rights is they gave me a Second Amendment. And if ballots don’t work, bullets will.”
Joyce Kaufman continued, “I never in my life thought that the day would come where I would tell individual citizens that you are responsible for being the militia that the Founding Fathers designed,” she said. “They were very specific. You need to be prepared to fight tyranny, whether it comes from outside, or whether it comes from inside.”
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