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Brady Defends Proposed Law Banning Bullseyes On Politicians


"The bottom line to me, you tell me if I'm wrong, there's been no evidence whatsoever so far to suggest that those incidents or any incident like them had anything to do with what we saw on Saturday," the host challenged.

"It wouldn't be harm putting that in the bill. It is on both sides. It's not a partisan bill. Again, we've got to stop our bickering amongst each other. We're setting a bad example for the American people. We need to cut down rhetoric amongst each other. We can disagree without being so disagreeable," Brady said.

Recall, the suspected shooter, Jared Loughner, reportedly became obsessed with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) in 2007, way before Palin became a national political figure.

Brady isn't the only member proposing new legislation, or specific changes to the discourse, after Saturday's events. Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) is backing a return to the fairness doctrine -- a minority view among Democrats -- and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) is calling on Republicans to change the name of the "Repealing the Job Killing Health Care Law Act."

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