Three police officers dead because of paranoia.
A man opened fire on officers during a domestic disturbance call Saturday morning, killing three of them, a police official said.
Friends said 23 year-old Richard Poplawski feared the Obama administration was poised to ban guns. […]
One friend, Edward Perkovic, said Poplawski feared “the Obama gun ban that’s on the way” and “didn’t like our rights being infringed upon.”
Another longtime friend, Aaron Vire, said he feared that President Obama was going to take away his rights, though he said he “wasn’t violently against Obama.”
For now this is an isolated case, but following up on my post from yesterday, the right should try their best to back away from the more feverish, “revolution” rhetoric. Instead, try dealing with Obama’s actual policies, and avoid “reporting” on nightmare scenarios you think may happen.
For instance, take this agit prop from Sean Hannity last year…
Dark music. Slow motion video. Leading questions that have obvious answers.
Scare tactics like these may not seem like a big deal for you or I, but for those who genuinely trust Hannity…what do you think they’d believe after this? And let’s not pretend that guns sales didn’t spike after Obama won last year.
But, to be absolutely clear, this type of behavior doesn’t make the right-wing media responsible for the actions of people who go postal. But since when is it responsible behavior to create a climate of fear when there’s virtually no evidence that what they’re saying will happen?