"The shooting today is a terrible and inexcusable tragedy and an act of terroism," Griffin said. "No one but the shooter is to blame. I tweeted out of emotion but agree that the timing was not helpful."
White House officials and Democrats in recent days have used various metaphors for the current budget situation, including suggesting that Republicans were negotiating with a "gun to their head" and likening the GOP to someone with a bomb strapped to their chests.
Gun violence is often politicized, even in the near aftermath of a shooting. Shortly after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was shot in 2011, some on the left cited Sarah Palin, who had featured Giffords's district on her political action committee's website by putting crosshairs over it.
Update 3:22 p.m.: Griffin isn't the only one who cited political rhetoric after the shooting. Howard Kurtz reports that Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Calif.) has as well -- though Vargas didn't blame either party, it should be noted.
Rep Juan Vargas tells us "the rhetoric is unfortunate, it's so high. It does bring out the crazies,"