This gets back to something I have discussed. No one is saying there is a specific causul link between the rhetoric and the shooting, however, there is a reasoned view that says the atmosphere is made more toxic, not by a single person, but instead by the entirety of the rhetoric. This is not just a left of center point of view. I appologize for not having links, but, I have heard Peggy Noonan express this. I have heard Joe Scarbourough express this. I believe most in Congress by expressing a wish to tone down the rhetoric are expressing this.
Originally Posted by gcoll
Influence is important. The rhetoric influences behavior. We have agreed that the shooter was and is unbalanced. In his unbalanced state, people shouting out violence can be a contributing factor.
So, while you are correct that no specific person has been directly tied to this piece of human detritus, the atmospherics, in my opinion, contributed to his actions, and as such, collectively are in part to blame. Not just from the right, but from all parties.
Here is the question of the day, does anyone think that wealthy people should pay a lower percentage of their income to taxes than middle class people? Don't argue tax brackets, just a simple question. Do you think someone earning 46 million dollars should pay a lower percentage of their income than say someone earning sixty thousand?