Yesterday at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, James T. Hodgkinson, 66, reportedly opened fire on members of the GOP who were practicing for an upcoming charity baseball game. Five were wounded, including House Majority Whip, Steve Scalise (R-La.), who remains in critical condition, and two Capitol Police officers.
Immediately following the shooting the alledged shooter's identity was uncovered as well as his frequent political postings to social media and the predictable calls for gun control.
When it was discovered that Hodgkinson was clearly someone who was on the left, politically, the spectrum of voices began, including those who called for introspection and a possible change in the tone of rhetoric, to some who wanted to downplay what role the incendiary political climate might have played, as well as those who brought up examples of politics being blamed on past incidences of violence.
Many on the right and the left were quick to place the blame where it belongs: on the gunman. But for many on the right, they couldn't help but remember how conservative politics were blamed following the shooting of then-Rep. Gabby Giffords by Jared Lee Loughner in 2011.
On Thurday's "Pat and Stu," the guys discussed the media and how their narrative seems to shift depending on how easily they can blame Republicans.
"GOP congressmen were shot at a baseball field and it's Donald Trump's fault somehow?" Stu Burguiere asked.