Ted Cruz: 'The Overwhelming Majority of Violent Criminals Are Democrats'
The left immediately blamed "hateful rhetoric" on the right for the rampage -- specifically Sarah Palin's rhetoric, because she had posted a map of Democrat congressional districts with "cross-hairs" over them, denoting that she wanted to see them flip to Republicans. There was nothing exceptional or objectionable about the map, but the left, and to a large degree the mainstream media, pushed the disgraceful narrative as far as it could go, despite the fact that Loughner was a lunatic with left-wing leanings who probably didn't even know who Sarah Palin is.
Now it has become standard operating procedure for the left to demagogue guns, and demonize the right every time something awful happens that isn't an obvious example of Islamic terrorism.
It was shocking the first time it happened. Sadly, it is now so expected that no one bats an eyelash when, nearly five years after the Tucson shooting, the governor of Colorado, CBS, NBC, and ABC blame right-wing "inflammatory rhetoric" for the Planned Parenthood shooting.
This is part and parcel of the left's ongoing efforts to chill speech they disagree with. And it must be strongly resisted and objected to.