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    Tucson, Arizona (CNN) -- Tucson just isn't that kind of town, says Christin Gilmer.

    Gilmer is referring to the actions of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, which has made its name protesting the funerals of people who died of AIDS, gay people, soldiers and even Coretta Scott King.

    But when the church announced its intention to picket the funeral of a 9-year-old girl -- one of six people who died Saturday during the attempted assassination of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords -- Gilmer and others put their feet down.

    Tucson is a "caring, loving, peaceful community," according to Gilmer, who said two of the six people killed were friends.

    "For something like this to happen in Tucson was a really big shock to us all," she said. "Our nightmare happened when we saw Westboro Baptist Church was going to picket the funerals."

    They're planning an "angel action" -- with 8- by 10-foot "angel wings" worn by participants and used to shield mourners from pickets. The actions were created by Coloradan Romaine Patterson, who was shocked to find the Topeka church and its neon signs outside the 1999 funeral of Matthew Shepherd, a young gay man beaten and left on a fence to die in Laramie, Wyoming.

    "We want to surround them, in a nonviolent way, to say that our community is united," Gilmer said. "We're a peaceful haven.

    "You don't mess with Tucson," said Gilmer, 26, who described it as "a little dot of blue in a sea of red."

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    Angel wings? Come on! Enough is enough! It's time for our weeny legislators to enact some legislation that designates these idiots for what they are, terrorists! Then lock these despicable people away! Gitmo might be a good place! I'm sure the troops down there would love to have 'em.
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    Re: Funeral pickets to be met by 'angels'

    It's time for this crap to end. Why do we continue to let idiots like this beat us over the head with our own Constitution? Whatever happened to the slightest modicum of common sense??

    Edit: Why isn't this considered disburbing the peace? If this isn't, I'd like to know what is...

    You're right -- our legislators are weenies.
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    Re: Funeral pickets to be met by 'angels'

    Seems like a good idea, certainly more lawful that what I'd do.
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    Re: Funeral pickets to be met by 'angels'

    Mortar launchers using tomatoes would be my choice launched from a roof top with a quick get away. Anything that is not lethal but humiliating as the cowards have children among them as human shields.

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    Re: Funeral pickets to be met by 'angels'

    Just send the sheriff over.

    He seems to have a grasp on things.

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    Re: Funeral pickets to be met by 'angels'

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    It's time for this crap to end. Why do we continue to let idiots like this beat us over the head with our own Constitution?
    It's one of the many prices of freedom. We wish to be free, we're going to get this sort of behavior. I'm interested to see how the angle wings work. It probably won't deter those Westboro folk much; but it's a good solution; one that doesn't call for government intervention.
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    Re: Funeral pickets to be met by 'angels'

    I'd think the things they do would be considered "inciting violence".

    If they did that at MY child's funeral, I can guarantee there would be violence.

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    Re: Funeral pickets to be met by 'angels'

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    I'd think the things they do would be considered "inciting violence".

    If they did that at MY child's funeral, I can guarantee there would be violence.
    I wouldn't be able to hold back. I would lose it...

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    Re: Funeral pickets to be met by 'angels'

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    I'd think the things they do would be considered "inciting violence".

    If they did that at MY child's funeral, I can guarantee there would be violence.
    Same here. What these people(and I'm using that term loosely in referring to them) are doing is despicable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    I wouldn't be able to hold back. I would lose it...
    One day, someone is going to open fire on this guy.

    Then what?

    Public opinion will be heavily on the side of the shooter, but the law is the law. 'Twil be interesting.

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