In the just-ended election campaign, the Democrats made deliberate use of violence as a campaign tactic in a way that has not been seen in this country in my lifetime. Sadly, the end of the election has not been the end of the violence. This assault occurred within a mile of my house:
Three zoo school students face charges for using a bat to beat another student who taunted them about being John Kerry supporters days after the contentious election.
The 17-year-old Apple Valley victim was assaulted Thursday in a Minnesota Zoo parking lot near Apple Valley’s School of Environmental Studies, better known as the zoo school. Chad McKay, also 17, stood over the victim attempting to protect him.
The argument began earlier in the day Thursday with a discussion about candidates the minors had supported for president, [County Attorney James] Backstrom said. The two victims supported President Bush.
Chad [McKay] said later in the afternoon when he and the victim were walking to their cars they heard their three senior classmates yelling at them, according to the police report. Chad got to his car, but the three 17-year-olds attacked the victim, he said, hitting him in face, including with a baseball bat and kicking him. One boy had a padlock wrapped around his finger, Chad said.
The juvenile with the bat was charged with second-degree assault, a felony. Another was charged with misdemeanor fifth-degree assault for fighting and a third with misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
I am not aware of a single high-profile Democrat who has condemned the use of violence by Democrats during, or after, the election campaign.