His not-so-subtle way of blaming this on the Tea Party.
(Politico)– The appropriate response to last weekend’s shooting in Arizona depends in large part on how we define it. If we choose to view the events in Tucson as the act of a lone lunatic, the American people will respond accordingly. If we choose to define it as an act of terrorism, the American people have quite a different response.
The assassination of President Abraham Lincoln was part of a conspiracy to kill several prominent national figures. The shootings of President John F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy were the acts of lone, deranged gunmen.
However, from the shooting of Lincoln to the events in Tucson, there is a thread that liberals and conservatives have ignored. Each event traumatized our government and disrupted its business — and was carried out by anti-government activists. And that’s terror.
. . . . The war on terror is not just about foreign extremists. In our country, terror has a varied face — and that face includes Booth, Oswald, Ray, Sirhan Sirhan, Ted Kaczynski, Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols, the 9/11 conspirators and Jared Lee Loughner.
Our “home-grown” terrorists have come from the ranks of the anti-government movement. However, the effect is the same. As such, we owe it to those who work in our district offices to respond thoughtfully, and to ensure that resources are available to keep them as safe as possible.