The Washington Times - January 13, 2011, 02:16PM

Regardless of the mounting evidence that the alleged Tucson shooter Jared Lee Loughner was not inspired by talk-radio or “right wing rhetoric” to go to a Tucson shopping center and shoot at both private citizens, a federal judge, and Democratic Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, liberals continue to spread the myth that conservatives are the cause of violence.

Apparently, neither liberal pundits nor Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who stated the shooter was “an extremist” heard President Barack Obama last night who said at the memorial for the victims of the Tucson massacre: 

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But at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized — at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who happen to think differently than we do — it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.

Scripture tells us that there is evil in the world, and that terrible things happen for reasons that defy human understanding. In the words of Job, “When I looked for light, then came darkness.” Bad things happen, and we have to guard against simple explanations in the aftermath.

For the truth is none of us can know exactly what triggered this vicious attack. None of us can know with any certainty what might have stopped these shots from being fired, or what thoughts lurked in the inner recesses of a violent man’s mind. Yes, we have to examine all the facts behind this tragedy. We cannot and will not be passive in the face of such violence. We should be willing to challenge old assumptions in order to lessen the prospects of such violence in the future. But what we cannot do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on each other. That we cannot do. That we cannot do.

Additionally, liberal myth spreaders on the web are ignoring the news that the accused shooter, Mr. Loughner, reportedly did not listen to talk radio or watch TV news. TV Newser reports:

Osler says his friend wasn’t shooting at people, “he was shooting at the world.” Regarding the high-pitched talk radio and cable news political rhetoric, Osler says his friend didn’t even watch the news.

Playing arm-chair psychiatrist by furthering false notions to push not just gun control legislation but also censorship is not just divisive but dangerous.