Sun hypocritical on Tucson shooting

I hardly know where to begin with my disgust over the editorial "The language of violence" (Jan. 11). Once more the editors of The Baltimore Sun demonstrate their myopic, one-sided political views.

They start by stating that Sarah Palin and the tea party are not responsible for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' shooting. They then proceed to completely undermine this assertion by lambasting conservatives for their supposed political invective. They dismiss Republican denunciations of this violence as ringing "hollow" and conclude with the assertion that most of the heated political rhetoric flows from Republicans.

Excuse me?

Apparently, the Sun editors have never perused The Daily Kos or Huffington Post websites. They also seem to be ignorant of the fact the Democrats used the exact same "crosshairs" map in the 2008 election cycle to highlight targeted Republicans. They seem to be unaware of multiple inflammatory statements made by the likes of Reps. Alan Grayson and Maxine Waters, to name a few, or the vitriol that pours out of Hollywood elites against conservatives on an almost daily basis.

You state that Rep. Giffords' shooting was the act of a deranged individual with no apparent political motives. You then try to exploit this tragedy to score political points for your own political views. Shame on you.

Tom Fulcher, Columbia

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