[James] Hodgkinson allegedly used an M-4 assault rifle to squeeze off as many as 60 shots at lawmakers, according to CBS News.
A Facebook page belonging to a James T. Hodgkinson shows him as politically active, with several photos of former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
On March 22, Hodgkinson wrote in a post, “Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.” and linked to a petition calling for the removal of President Trump. NY Post
UPDATE: Totally Unrelated:
David Simon, creator of HBO’s famed crime drama The Wire, suggested that those who oppose Donald Trump should “pick up a goddamn brick” if the president fires special counsel Robert Mueller. – Breitbart.
“If Donald Trump fires Robert Mueller and is allowed to do so, pick up a goddamn brick,” Simon tweeted Monday. “That’s all that’s left to you.”
For the record, we’re all responsible for our actions. The shooter did the shooting. But our actions are related to the actions of others. For many years the left has promoted a “give peace a chance” verbal stance, while a mean ideological rigidness has guided them.
“You CAN’T say that,” has literally become “you are not authorized to say that.”
“Fight FASCISM” has become “let’s take to the streets and pick a fight with people we think are fascists.”
In the minds of too many on the right, but especially lately on the left…the opposing side isn’t just wrong, they are evil, subhuman. These days, due to repeated electoral defeats, the left is especially resentful and angry.
If today’s shooting was a political act, God help us.
As Ben Franklin said, if we do not hang together, we will surely hang separately.
Or hang each other.
Another Damned Update: (h/t Ace.mu.nu)