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Posted at 6:47 PM ET, 01/10/2011

Have you changed your tone because of the Arizona shootings?

By Ryan Kellett

We asked readers to submit brief answers to whether they have seen changes in conversations around the dinner table or at work because of the Arizona shootings. Reporter Sandhya Somashekhar fielded over 200 responses and contacted some of you for her story on how Americans are contemplating changing their rhetoric. Below are selected quotes from your responses:

Reader Responses
I began to choose my words more carefully five years ago. It didn't take a horrific event..."

- Janice Vickers

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Well, no. I mean after 9/11 people were just as rude driving on the road and misbehaving in other ways. There are just people who don't give a _____ about anything outside themselves, just kind of oblivious. I would have thought that people would have chilled out after such an enormous tragedy. This is a fairly minor one, I would expect it to affect people until the next big newsworthy event, then all bets are off.

The problem with this one though is that it is really just plain bad luck, a mentally ill person does something random. Sure you can tweak a few laws, perhaps with respect to mental illness treatment, perhaps gun control, (geting rid of large clips?) but again, it's not something that can really be solved.

Regardless,

Posted by: jhtlag1 | January 17, 2011 7:56 PM | Report abuse

I have not noticed any changes in people's everyday lives as a result of the tragedy. I have noticed, however a change in the public announcements. It seems that certain words such as "civility" and "vitriol" come into vogue and are repeated ad nauseum. As members of the New Class you can do much better.

Posted by: johnyh123 | January 12, 2011 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I have not noticed any changes in people's everyday lives as a result of the tragedy. I have noticed, however a change in the public announcements. It seems that certain words such as "civility" and "vitriol" come into vogue and are repeated ad nauseum. As members of the New Class you can do much better.

Posted by: johnyh123 | January 12, 2011 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I haven't changed my tone or noticed changes in people's everyday lives. I have noticed that members of *THE NEW CLASS* have in their public announcements repeated such words as "civility" and "vitriol" as if they were speaking in some kind of code known fully only to themselves. I have always thought of the WaPo as a Goddamn establishment organ, you can all go to Hell if you like.

Posted by: johnyh123 | January 12, 2011 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I have ratched up my tone due to the vitriol the left unleashed in the form of obamacare. They started it. the people will end it. check the results of the 2010 elections and then look at the number of democratic senate seats that the left must defend in 2012.

This nonsense about vitriol is nothing more than politics as usual as the left uses any desperate measure to protect its last bit of power.

Posted by: BarryOsucksass | January 12, 2011 9:18 AM | Report abuse

"Civilization is the making of civil persons."
John Ruskin

Posted by: ohwell1 | January 12, 2011 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Why don't you ask this question to the liberals in D.C.? --Clearly they must now realize that there are angry people in this country who do not know how to handle frustration that stems from tyrannic law-makers. We certainly would not want a communist state that seeks to keep angry people under control, by silencing the educated people in the country.

Debra J.M. Smith
"Informing Christians" Journalist

Posted by: DebraJMSmith | January 12, 2011 7:09 AM | Report abuse

When one party is in control and they are taking the country down and won't listen to the America voters that engenders a lot of vitriol.

Posted by: hfarmer2 | January 11, 2011 7:11 PM | Report abuse

I am concerned and have done the only thing that I think will change the way Washington does business. I have started a petition to limit the terms of all elected officials.

I believe that, by changing the term limits of our elected officials, only those whom would work in a nonpartisan manner for the good of all of America can right this country.

My petition, Congressional Reform Act, would force Congress to do the right thing by America.

http://www.gopetition.com/petition/41920.html

Posted by: rodnacious1 | January 11, 2011 6:50 PM | Report abuse

This is a comment from a democrat congressman that the Washington Post really, really liked, but the voters decided was unacceptable. Who has more violent rhetoric?

Quoting Paul Kanjorski, Democrat congressman, from the Scranton Times:


"That Scott down there that's running for governor of Florida," Mr. Kanjorski said. "Instead of running for governor of Florida, they ought to have him [sic] and shoot him. Put him against the wall and shoot him. He stole billions of dollars from the United States government and he's running for governor of Florida. He's a millionaire and a billionaire. He's no hero. He's a damn crook. It's just we don't prosecute big crooks."


Posted by: Cornell1984 | January 11, 2011 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Well said, thardman. There's a difference between rhetoric like "throwing him under the bus" and "going to Washington to kick some butts" or even quoting the movie line "don't bring a knife to a gunfight", which I see all right wingers are using to justify their love of violent imagery and speech, like Sharron Angle calling for "Second Amendments remedies" for unfavorable election results, or Jesse Kelly inviting his supporters to a campaign events where they can shoot an M-16 to express a vote against Gabrielle Gifford, and posing in an ad with that weapon and the title "Does this look like a RINO?" Own it and clean up your act, folks. This is not the same as Keith Olbermann calling Rush Limbaugh an egotistical nutjob, and you all know it.

Posted by: GreybirdK1 | January 11, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Will I "modify" my right of free speech, protected by the First Amendment of the constitution -- the one Rep. Giffords read aloud in the House last week -- and confine my comments to the timorous, the painstatingly polite, and the politically correct, using the sort of wording that could not possibly hurt the most delicate of Leftist feelings?

Hell. No.

Nobody's "rhetoric" or "vitriol" is responsible for Mr. Loughner's despicable, murderous act. Mr. Loughner alone is responsible. But the Left, cheered on by its Muslim Brotherhood-linked pals at CAIR -- who had nothing to say about the vitriolic hardline Islamic "rhetoric" which inspired Maj. Hasan to shoot 13 people to death at Fort Hood -- is not interested in facts. The Left, which has never concerned itself about the "vitriolic rhetoric" that constantly spews from its own side, now hopes to use Loughner's incoherent rampage to beat an unearned sense of guilt into its opponents and demand meekness and submission under the guise of "civility".

It is a ghoulish attempt to use one man's criminal act as a wrecking ball against free speech, talk radio, the Tea Party, and all principled opposition to Leftist policies. Do not cooperate. Do not accept this unearned guilt. Don't cease to speak your minds as forcefully as your conscience dictates. Don't remove your flags, your stickers, your pins, or your spines.

Posted by: reverehere | January 11, 2011 2:35 PM | Report abuse

MY tone has changed: the Mainstream Media is as deranged as the psychopath who murders people. Their ideological hatred for anything right of center or republican is so disturbing, so radical, so full of lies and deceit, I wonder how we ever believed anything that came from ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, NYTimes and WashPost. These same media outlets begged us not to jump to conclusions when a deranged muslim army major opened fire on his fellow soldiers and screamed "allah akbar", but jumped to blamed Sarah Palin when a liberal pothead, 9/11 truther murdered a child, a democrat congresswoman, a republican judge, and 4 senior citizens.

My tone is one of disgust for a rabid left-wing media who will do anything to destroy those it disagrees with. Their outrage at the way people voted in November 2010 was shown in their attack on the tea party,republicans, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, and Rush Limbaugh. Their selective memory is pathetic.

Its glorification of a lunatic sheriff from Tucson with a political agenda and unstable public persona is a sin of epic proportions. The case against the madman may forever be tainted by this idiot.

I save my kind thoughts for congresswoman Giffords, Judge Roll, and the others murdered and injured. I have only disgust with the media.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | January 11, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

MY tone has changed: the Mainstream Media is as deranged as the psychopath who murders people. Their ideological hatred for anything right of center or republican is so disturbing, so radical, so full of lies and deceit, I wonder how we ever believed anything that came from ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, NYTimes and WashPost. These same media outlets begged us not to jump to conclusions when a deranged muslim army major opened fire on his fellow soldiers and screamed "allah akbar", but jumped to blamed Sarah Palin when a liberal pothead, 9/11 truther murdered a child, a democrat congresswoman, a republican judge, and 4 senior citizens.

My tone is one of disgust for a rabid left-wing media who will do anything to destroy those it disagrees with. Their outrage at the way people voted in November 2010 was shown in their attack on the tea party,republicans, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, and Rush Limbaugh. Their selective memory is pathetic.

Its glorification of a lunatic sheriff from Tucson with a political agenda and unstable public persona is a sin of epic proportions. The case against the madman may forever be tainted by this idiot.

I save my kind thoughts for congresswoman Giffords, Judge Roll, and the others murdered and injured. I have only disgust with the media.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | January 11, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

MY tone has changed: the Mainstream Media is as deranged as the psychopath who murders people. Their ideological hatred for anything right of center or republican is so disturbing, so radical, so full of lies and deceit, I wonder how we ever believed anything that came from ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, NYTimes and WashPost. These same media outlets begged us not to jump to conclusions when a deranged muslim army major opened fire on his fellow soldiers and screamed "allah akbar", but jumped to blamed Sarah Palin when a liberal pothead, 9/11 truther murdered a child, a democrat congresswoman, a republican judge, and 4 senior citizens.

My tone is one of disgust for a rabid left-wing media who will do anything to destroy those it disagrees with. Their outrage at the way people voted in November 2010 was shown in their attack on the tea party,republicans, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, and Rush Limbaugh. Their selective memory is pathetic.

Its glorification of a lunatic sheriff from Tucson with a political agenda and unstable public persona is a sin of epic proportions. The case against the madman may forever be tainted by this idiot.

I save my kind thoughts for congresswoman Giffords, Judge Roll, and the others murdered and injured. I have only disgust with the media.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | January 11, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

This unfortunate tragedy has made me even more convinced that the Mainstream Media and elitist left will connive and use anything at their disposal to foster their selfish political goals above the Nations'.

Posted by: JAH3 | January 11, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Watching the grotesque way the left is trying to cash in on this tragedy is making this pro-choice atheist consider registering as a republican.

The frothing at the mouth by democrats and their knee-jerk reactionism related to our first and second amendment rights scares me more than "extended magazines" and "political rhetoric."

Posted by: Please_Fix_VAs_Roads | January 11, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Republican Governor Haley used a campaign ad showing bullet holes in her opponent Democrat Sheheen's picture and yet she won the Governor's seat this latest election.

Yet, not only does the State newspaper not report about that now, today in the State we have no coverage about Palin's targeting Gifford with crosshairs, and Republican Governor Haley's campaign ad showing bullet holes into her Democrat opponent, or even any information on Gifford's condition.

I looked for news on Gifford on the links on the front page, under headlines on front page under national politics and under local politics, and nothing on Gifford. I did find near the top of the front page links like:

"Tell us: What did you use to scrape your car off?"

"Wednesday delays and closings"

"NASA finds smallest planet outside solar system"

"See, share your weather photos"

"`Band of Brothers' inspiration Winters dies at 92"

Maybe this is why folks in SC don't understand the problems in the nation, they get their information from right wing e-mails instead of the newspaper.

Posted by: SCVoter | January 11, 2011 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Even reading the comments has saddened me. The vitriol that is still pouring out is amazing. It is always somebody elses fault. No one takes responsibility. The truth is that people in politics and this happens on the right more than it does on the left use gun metaphors to to talk about defeating their opponents.No one who is truthful can say this is not so. I'm not saying that that this had anything to do with tha what happened in Arizona because obviously this young man has a mental problem, but all that vitriol in Arizona regarding immigration and health care and hearing this day after day could have set him off even more than he would, had he not heard those vitriolic words. Saying things like, "reload and shoot" or, "bulls eye" is totally unnecessary in our political discourse. I do not understand the gun rhetoric and the gun metaphors. Why do we hate each other so much. Politics to me is about ideas but right now it's all about you are bad and I am good and never the twain shall meet. God help us all

Posted by: clarendon67 | January 11, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Starkville | January 11, 2011 12:25 PM | Report abuse

My tone is irrelevant in this discussion. What is relevant however are the tones of those people who have access to the nation. The radio, tv commentators and politicians that call for the violent overthrow of the government and activation of 2nd Amendment rights are the catalysts of violence. You have to be flaming idiot to deny that the violent hyperbole from the right does not mold impressionable people. What is the intention of the becks and palins if not to influence their listeners? The right needs to face up to the fact that collectively they are succeeding in accomplishing their mission of hate.

It is the responsibility of each citizen to voice their opinions, even though it may conflict with the majority. I don't know of any leftie, in this environment, since the Vietnam era, who is calling for the taking of arms against the right wing. The left has vehemently opposed unnecessary violence since it became clear that bush lied this country into an unjust war. Yes the left has called names and pointed, but I know of no situation where there was a call to arms, or suggestion that those who differ should be murdered.

Posted by: m1kem1lls | January 11, 2011 11:50 AM | Report abuse

It has not changed my tone. People walk up and kill people for no reason, daily so far this year, where I live in PG County. Politicians have refused to act on the violence plaguing the DC Metro area for years. Yet, when it is one of their own...
A bit hypocritical, yes?

Posted by: CalmTruth | January 11, 2011 11:46 AM | Report abuse

To say that the over the top ranting and outright lying in the media doesn't influence mentally unstable people just defies commonsense. We all need to tone down the rhetoric because we are all in this together and this country is at a crossroad. I have seven young grandchildren and I am not optimistic about the quality of life in this country for them unless we learn to give each other the benefit of the doubt and treat each other with respect.

Posted by: jp1943 | January 11, 2011 11:27 AM | Report abuse

To say that the over the top ranting and outright lying in the media doesn't influence mentally unstable people just defies commonsense. We all need to tone down the rhetoric because we are all in this together and this country is at a crossroad. I have seven young grandchildren and I am not optimistic about the quality of life in this country for them unless we learn to give each other the benefit of the doubt and treat each other with respect.

Posted by: jp1943 | January 11, 2011 11:25 AM | Report abuse

I have tried to moderate my tone without at the same time being so politically correct that I can't say what I believe.

I believe the yelling, shouting, and carrying guns at rallies, the carrying signs which portrayed political opponents as Hitler or Stalin, even the congressman yelling "liar" at the President from the floor of the Congress contribted to a negative atmosphere.

While that atmosphere might or might not have had a part in causing this event, it did hinder people with different opinions, keeping them from working together for the good of the country.

That kind of negative behavior needs to change, and that applies to all sides of the political spectrum.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | January 11, 2011 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Has Obama changed his tone?

Will he no longer refer to a majority of Americans who want our immigration laws enforced (which is his job) as "enemies"?

Will he continue to say things like "they bring a knife, we bring a gun" when referring to his political opposition?

Obama is not fit to hold the highest office of the land.

Posted by: thinker16 | January 11, 2011 12:29 AM |
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See, this is part of the problem! You guys have taken things he's said way out of context to fit your own silly narrative of the man! That enemies comment was in response to Republican robo calls tellin registered hispanic voters NOT to vote. Anybody telling you not to vote IS YOUR ENEMY!

And how has he demeaned you? Those on your side has called this man everything from Hitler to a Communist/Kenyan/Muslim because some on your side REFUSE to beleive that the man was born in the US!! Is that NOT demeaning! You guys just look for the slightest thing to jump on and twits it all around to fit you hatred of the President! And yes, the left is a little salty about that!!

Posted by: Angryman | January 11, 2011 11:10 AM | Report abuse

I must admit, I'VE TRIED!! But the lunatics have to be shouted down! Left, Right or Center! Given our history of Political assassinations, GUN RHETORIC shouldn't be a part of the conversation, THAT'S JUST IRRESPONSIBLE! Then there's FOX news or so they call it and the rest of the media, which they claim is full of liberal bias!! I will say this, if NOBODY can see the fault in their own side, the tone will continue to be hostile. Yes, Olberman can be over the top sometimes, so can Hannity and WE KNOW LIMBAUGH IS!! It's OK to passionate about your position. But to out and out lie to people to get them whipped up is just wrong! The President is the one that appears to be trying to be an adult and not feeding into a lot of this foolishness and members of his own party are mad with him because they think he doesn't fight enough!! WELL LOOK WHERE ALL OF THE FIGHTING HAS GOTTEN US? No damn where, that's where!! Everybody needs to chill out and at least listen to the opposition point of view. I beleive everyone wants the same thing, we just have different ideas about how to get there!

Posted by: Angryman | January 11, 2011 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: scoran | January 11, 2011 8:38 AM
No, only a retard would think that a madman was influenced by political rhetoric....

Posted by: thardman | January 10, 2011 7:49 PM |
This is a case of madness, rather than of politics.

Posted by: braunt | January 10, 2011 10:45 PM
I think the shooting in Tucson this weekend had absolutely nothing to do with "angry political talk," but was the result of a lone delusional madman.

Soo … Let’s lock this guy up like John Hinckley and move on.

Posted by: knjincvc | January 11, 2011 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Dear Keith Olbermann,

How surprising that you took the opportunity to chastise Beck and Palin, and exonerate yourself.

Just like with every other problem of the world.

Signed,

Viewer without a partisan blinder

Posted by: postfan1 | January 11, 2011 10:00 AM | Report abuse


Dear Sarah,

You have an appointment with God.

love,
Christina

Posted by: clearspt | January 11, 2011 9:49 AM | Report abuse

George Bush wanted to "change the tone in Washington". Obama even hinted at it. Well, we saw how the left treated Bush and conservatives. Obama has demeaned us on several occasions. We hear Senator Dick Durbin spouting off blaming conservatives. When will it stop? Never, because politicians are always looking to pin blame getting ready for the next election. I blame Washington for most of the rancor out here. Shut up Durbin and anyone else, either side, who tries to take advantage of these tragedies. We aren't stupid...the guy who did this is mentally deranged.

Posted by: Jackets | January 11, 2011 9:39 AM | Report abuse

George Bush wanted to "change the tone in Washington". Obama even hinted at it. Well, we saw how the left treated Bush and conservatives. Obama has demeaned us on several occasions. We hear Senator Dick Durbin spouting off blaming conservatives. When will it stop? Never, because politicians are always looking to pin blame getting ready for the next election. I blame Washington for most of the rancor out here. Shut up Durbin and anyone else, either side, who tries to take advantage of these tragedies. We aren't stupid...the guy who did this is mentally deranged.

Posted by: Jackets | January 11, 2011 9:37 AM | Report abuse

No, only a retard would think that a madman was influenced by political rhetoric.... If we have to watch our tone because a crazy person might do something, then we'd all have to never speak again, because even talking about barney the purple dinosaur could set off a crazy person.

Posted by: scoran | January 11, 2011 8:38 AM | Report abuse

If any finger pointing needs to be done I believe it the direction should be toward the seller of the pistol to the unstable man. To me where we need to improve the ownership and use of guns has to do with the need for a license to use them. It doesn't matter if on the average there are 4 guns for every person in the USA. They plain and simple can be used correctly if people are trained to use them properly. Let's pass some sensible laws to teach people how to use guns responsibly. Crooks always have access to guns. That can't be prevented by passing laws.

Posted by: jkrumrei | January 11, 2011 8:08 AM | Report abuse

As long as media outlets like the WaPo continue to spew hatred on a daily basis, the Right will feel no need to back down on its rhetoric.

It's just easier for the WaPo to blame everyone else.

Takes two to tango.

Posted by: grunk | January 11, 2011 7:59 AM | Report abuse

There has been an increase in the nasty, sometimes vicious, political talk - BUT you also see it in the posts on message boards, with people attacking others. For that reason, I do not post nor do I read some of the posts regarding certain articles.

I volunteer for two religious-based non-profit thrift stores and worked yesterday in one that is staffed by basically conservative people. Not one word was mentioned regarding the horrendous massacre in Tucson.

Are they so insulated that they do not read or consider important anything that happens outside their own community? Or are they so horrified that they will not comment? Who knows. Or do they talk among themselves, not mentioning anything in front of me since I describe myself as an "equal opportunity heathen"?

There is a meeting today and I will attend, mainly to see if a prayer is said for the dead and wounded in Tucson. I am not holding my breath, but hope against hope that there will be some notice taken, if only a moment of silence.

Posted by: Utahreb | January 11, 2011 6:46 AM | Report abuse

This is a case of madness, rather than of politics.

Posted by: thardman | January 10, 2011 7:49 PM |
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Precisely, if "tone" were the basis for mass murder of politicians, we would be calling special elections to replace vacancies every month.

This is the stuff that makes news. The media will milk it as long as they can, as they try to psychoanalyze the who, what, when, where and why of the event pointing the finger in any direction that will allow the "journalists" to extend the coverage.

A deranged man snapped and went on a shooting spree. Political tone and lax gun laws had nothing to do with it.

Friends, neighbors, acquaintenances, teachers and even the law knew this man was a loose cannon and had a dark side. They all knew it was just a matter of time before he snapped. They just didn't know when or how ... until after the fact.

I personally am not caught up in the negative rhetoric politicians call "campaigning." Most of it is bunk with little if any credibility.

I rely ONLY on a candidate's voting record. That is the only record that is permanent, clear and concise, cannot be altered, and cannot be deleted.

A candidate's voting record speaks more about who a candidate is and where they are going than campaign trail fallacy, egative campaign attacks from the opposition, and input from the bloggers.

Posted by: asmith1 | January 11, 2011 6:12 AM | Report abuse

The complaints about "tone" are directed at those who are employed in politics and media. It isn't about the consumer's political rhetoric. Nice try, WaPo, but the fault is on the other side of the web page.

Posted by: blasmaic | January 11, 2011 5:53 AM | Report abuse

The NRA is ultimately to blame. They have pushed and pushed for every American to own a gun. We have so many guns that there are 4 guns for every man, woman and child in the US. Have mental problems? NO PROBLEM... you have your rights! No one needs a semiautomatic. No one.
Let hunters have shotguns and let's ban all handguns and powerful killing machines. No one should have the right to own military type weapons. What's next? Do they want tanks
and smart bombs??
There is no way the founders with their single shot muskets could have envisioned the carnage we have now.
The founders did not have cars, yet we have many laws re: driving a car. We have restrictions for most everything, but not for guns. It's insane.

Posted by: bozhogg | January 11, 2011 5:36 AM | Report abuse

ARIZONA Senator John McCain could have stopped the inflammatory and ugly tone of the 2008 campaign in its tracks in late 2007 when a woman in South Carolina asked, at a town hall meeting, referring to Senator Hillary Clinton, “HOW DO WE BEAT THE B*T*H?” He did nothing. He said nothing. He laughed!

Posted by: RWLA | January 11, 2011 2:43 AM | Report abuse

ARIZONA Senator John McCain could have stopped the inflammatory and ugly tone of the 2008 campaign in its tracks in late 2007 when a woman in South Carolina asked, at a town hall meeting, referring to Senator Hillary Clinton, “HOW DO WE BEAT THE B*T*H?” He did nothing. He said nothing. He laughed!

Posted by: RWLA | January 11, 2011 2:42 AM | Report abuse

Out of respect for the victims, alive and dead, first thing: Republicans need to retitle their House Resolution "Repealing the Job-KILLING Health Care Law Act" to "Repealing The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010".

Posted by: RWLA | January 11, 2011 2:32 AM | Report abuse

The left has done it again. Their true colors are showing and those colors are not red white and blue. They are dark and evil. They apparently can not help themselves. We the people see clearly what you have tried to do. It is not working. Our opinion of you is now lower than it was, if that is possible for bottom dwelers.

Posted by: nychap44 | January 11, 2011 1:24 AM | Report abuse

Has Obama changed his tone?

Will he no longer refer to a majority of Americans who want our immigration laws enforced (which is his job) as "enemies"?

Will he continue to say things like "they bring a knife, we bring a gun" when referring to his political opposition?

Obama is not fit to hold the highest office of the land.

Posted by: thinker16 | January 11, 2011 12:29 AM | Report abuse

Absolutely disgusted and outraged at how the Left, the media, some of our congress, and many WAPO editorialists have been so quick to try to politicize the shooting, blame the Tea Party, blame Palin and Beck, and otherwise go hog wild before there was one SHRED of evidence that the shooter was even remotely affiliated with any of the above or that he was even to the right politically. And now it turns out that he was "a left wing pot head" according to a classmate and that he reads the Communist Manifesto? I am fast losing what little faith I have left in the media and in any Democratic Party politician.

Posted by: Capitalist-1 | January 10, 2011 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Nothing has changed. If anything, the rhetoric has grown nastier. Liberals want to blame this on a conservative, in spite of all evidence. Conservatives are apoplectic that they are being blamed. If political rhetoric was to blame in any way for this shooting (and I have yet to see any evidence suggesting that it was), then all we have accomplished is to ramp up that rhetoric and become ever more partisan.

Posted by: blert | January 10, 2011 10:50 PM | Report abuse

I think the shooting in Tucson this weekend had absolutely nothing to do with "angry political talk," but was the result of a lone delusional madman. However, the attempts of left-wing groups, "journalists," and Democratic politicians to pin this tragedy on right wing groups and individuals is despicable. If there exists a hostile political environment in this country, these shameless entities are pouring gasoline on the fire.

These groups that are attacking Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, and all-of-the-above on the rihgt, are not just accusing them, but anyone that shares any of their views The left is basically charging people like me and others on the right as accessories to murder -- for simply holding political views different from theirs. Even if the shooter had somehow been associated with the Tea Party, it would still be wrong for critics to associate his behavior with us.

I was especially appalled by Courtland Milloy, who today criticized Speaker of the House John Boehner for not crying over the tragedy. Have you no sense of decency Mr. Milloy? Are there no editors at the Post with enough decency to have not allowed Milloy's vile rant from being published? If the Post wants to see a tonal temperature drop, then they should heal themselves first. Set the example for the rest of us.

Posted by: braunt | January 10, 2011 10:45 PM | Report abuse

From reading the comments on these articles, nobody has changed their tone.

Many of those on the left would like to press this incident in order to blame the Tea Party or Sarah Palin.

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Posted by: itkonlyyou440 | January 10, 2011 9:04 PM | Report abuse


This is a case of madness, rather than of politics.

A young man appears to have fallen into the first stages of active paranoid schizophrenia. It's tragic that his symptoms reached the national awareness in a spasm of senseless violence and murder.

Yet we have to wonder if perhaps his madness was, so to speak, steered by the excessive rhetoric of certain media personalities whose popularity is based mostly on a flamboyance nearly indistinguishable from the rantings of florid psychotics.

Let's not make this about partisanism. Seek the Radical Center, the Root in the Middle. Seek moderation. Pray for the victims and pray for healing.

And more than anything else, pray for a return to commonsense in both the media and in private life. Pray that people can learn to speak calm words which they have carefully considered before they speak.

Posted by: thardman | January 10, 2011 7:49 PM | Report abuse

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