Trump supporters argue with an anti-Trump protester on the Mall on Sept. 16, 2017, in Washington. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

In his March 7 letter, “Hypersensitive liberals,” Michael Vann criticized liberals for their self- ­righteous tactics and quoted Noam Chomsky: “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion.” My response is a popular right-wing talking point: “It is too soon following this mass-murder tragedy of gun violence to discuss gun control.” This talking point clearly is an example of what Mr. Chomsky addressed and shows that the conservative pot is calling the liberal kettle black.

Sadly, hypocrisy is not the sole domain of any political party and is practiced freely without limit or shame by all political parties.

Reasonable people can discuss issues without vilifying either the opinion or the opinion holder. All it takes is realizing that it is not about who is right but what is right.

Criss Laubach, Montross, Va.