A pro-gay activist posing as an intern and reportedly carrying a Chick-fil-A bag as a disguise opened fire at the Washington headquarters of the Family Research Council. A security guard for the conservative think tank was shot in the arm but still subdued the gunman, identified as Floyd Corkins II.
Liberal groups have been portraying the FRC as a “hate group” for opposing gay marriage. Democratic activists have accused Romney of killing a man’s mother (reportedly because his company closed a company and she lost her health care, even though the account has been shown to be bogus) and of planning to restore slavery (Vice President Biden’s remark at a largely black city that if Republicans are elected “ya’ll gonna be put back in chains”).
Conservatives have been accused of sparking that Sikh Temple shooting and other acts of violence because of their harsh rhetoric, even though, as far as I have seen, none of the incidents in the recent spate of shootings has been connected to political or social conservatives. The connection here to liberal ideology is much closer.
Should the left tone down its rhetoric? What about both sides toning down their rhetoric?