Erich Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, said it's been a longtime frustration with journalists who, he contends, "ignore the violence and harsh rhetoric on the left while magnifying and twisting the words of those on the right."
"I think it's important that this not lead to any discussion in terms of limiting liberty and rights because people do need to defend themselves," Mr. Pratt said. "Should we outlaw interracial marriage because of how it makes some people feel? No. People's right to self-defense shouldn't be overridden and denied just because it makes some people feel nervous."