If you've been paying attention lately, you've probably heard about Jared Loughner, the 22 year old who shot a US Congresswoman. You've probably also heard the claims by the Left that Loughner is the product of violent right-wing rhetoric, and the claims of the Right that no, Loughner is a truther and a liberal. Who should you believe? It might seem hard to determine which side is right.
Of course, this isn't the first act of politically-themed violence we've seen in recent years where the right and the left make similar claims. Just a year and a half ago, we had a shooting at the Holocaust Museum in DC. And immediately afterwards, the Left claimed that von Brunn was influenced by violent right-wing rhetoric and the Right claimed that no, von Brunn was a truther and a liberal. So who turned out to be right?
Well, here's one of von Brunn's own emails, stating some of his opinions of President Obama. Take a look. Let it all sink in. Attacking Obama's citizenship, thanking the internet and investigative journalists who don't work for the mainstream media for Sarah Palin's 91% approval rating, does any of this sound left-wing to you? Me neither.
So with the benefit of hindsight, and seeing that the reaction of the Right now is identical to its reaction then, how much do you REALLY want to bet the Left is wrong on Loughner?
And either way, does there really need to be a second attack caused by extreme right wing rhetoric before people will concede that maybe it's time to tone it down?