After 'armed and dangerous' messages, who bears responsibility for violence?

Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, January 10, 2011; 7:10 PM

Where are John Boehner's tears now?

You'd expect a man who cries at the drop of a hat to at least show some emotion over the mass shootings in Arizona. But while addressing the tragedy at a news conference Sunday, the newly elected House speaker was as dry as tumbleweed.

"Public service is a high honor, but these tragic events remind us that all of us in our roles in service to our fellow citizens comes with a risk," said Boehner (R-Ohio).

What kind of statement is that? You'd think he was talking about military casualties, not a rampage by a gunman at a political gathering in Tucson, where six people were killed, including a federal judge, and 14 were wounded - including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Arizona), who is fighting for her life. The shooter's motive was unknown.

But could it be that some emotional circuit breaker had cut off the speakers' tears to protect him from a surge of guilt over his role in helping to create such a charged political climate - his support for nearly unfettered access to handguns?

Why had the man who is said to cry just by thinking about the welfare of children not shed a tear over the death of a 9-year-old girl in that rampage?

Did her role as a child just come with the risk?

"This inhuman act should not and will not deter us from our calling to represent our constituents and to fulfill our oaths of office," Boehner said.

Where did that thought come from? Nobody's running scared. And, pray tell, what oath is he talking about?

Just last year, Boehner declared that then-Rep. Steve Dreihaus (D-Ohio) "may be a dead man" because he voted for President Obama's health-care law. "He can't go home to the west side of Cincinnati," Boehner told the National Review.

That's how thugs talk, and from the way Boehner and other elected officials have sounded lately, you'd think the only oath they'd taken was to uphold the code of the streets.

Just as gangsters use symbols to send intimidating messages to their rivals - say, pointing a finger, thumb cocked like the hammer on a pistol - Boehner's political gang has taken to drawing crosshairs on opponents, posting inciting images on the Internet and calling for "Second Amendment solutions" to the nation's problems.

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