Senator Scott Beason hasn't apologized yet for saying “we need to empty the clip, and do what needs to be done” to save Alabama from illegal immigrants. Not even one of those wimpy “I'm sorry if anyone was offended” apologies, and the mainstream media has noticed Beason's lack of contrition.
The Birmingham News also noticed that the context Beason offered for his remark did nothing to help his case.
The incident is an example of why this editorial board had reservations when it endorsed Beason for re-election in November. Another came during December's special session, when Beason tried to torpedo one of then-Gov. Bob Riley's ethics reform bills that would regulate lobbyist spending on lawmakers and other public officials.
With a little more brain power, imagination and courage, Beason wouldn't have made such absurd, ham-handed comments, and he would apologize for making them.
The Tuscaloosa News says we don't need violent rhetoric from our leaders.
If an office worker suggested problems in the workplace should be fixed by 'emptying the clip,' he likely would find himself in a tough conversation with his boss. School administrators might take even sterner action against a student who made such a suggestion.
Beason so far has not apologized for his reckless remarks. He should do so.
John Archibald says words are powerful.
Ask Sen. Scott Beason. When he suggested the solution to the illegal immigration problem is to “empty the clip” into the issue, he learned that words — even those spoken to a group of like-minded people — are never fired into a vacuum.
They have echoed around the nation by now.
Of course they would, in a country crying out for gentler political rhetoric in the wake of the Arizona shootings.
Of course they will, when a leading Alabama Senator weaponizes his words and aims them at a group of people who too often are the targets of hate.
By now Scott Beason probably regrets speaking those words at the Republican Club in Cullman, but so far he hasn't apologized either to the people who elected him for the embarrassment he's caused or to the immigrant community for — probably unintentionally — suggesting that we need to shoot brown people to protect our communities. Beason's words are going to be on the table until he mans up and eats them.