Three things I know:
1. From this idiot's postings on the internet, he was clearly far too crazy to identify any "ideology", much less pin it to one side of the fence or the other.
2. People kill people with guns not because of political rhetoric, but because they want to kill people and guns are an efficient way to do it. People always have and always will use the most efficient way, as has been proved throughout history with arrows, cannons, rocks, poisons, pointy objects, blunt objects, and bare hands.
3. There is nasty, violent rhetoric coming from both parties these days. Anyone who chooses to blame just one side for that is trying to sell you something.
Gabrielle Giffords' opponent ran on some really unfortunate rhetoric, made even more unfortunate by this tragedy. The voters "put a stop to it" at the ballot box. That's how we do things in this country, and it's the right way. But blaming political rhetoric for a psychopath's violent act is the exact opposite of taking responsibility -- it's using tragedy to push a political agenda.
By Chris McCoy
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