Remember Rep. Paul Broun, the Georgia congressman who I profiled in "The Backlash" as a political leader who sounds like a talk radio host, with the same toxic effect. or worse, actually. I hadn't been thinking much of Broun's rhetoric in the wake of Tucson, but comes now E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post to remind me. He quotes Broun's unorthodox defense of guns at a 2nd Amendment Rally in D.C. last April:
"Fellow patriots, we have a lot of domestic enemies of the Constitution, and they're right down the Mall, in the Congress of the United States - and right down Independence Avenue in the White House that belongs to us," he declared. "It's not about my ability to hunt, which I love to do. It's not about the ability for me to protect my family and my property against criminals, which we have the right to do. But it's all about us protecting ourselves from a tyrannical government of the United States."
Dionne's point here is that while there's no evidence that Tucson gunman Loughner heard what Tea Party faves like Broun or Rep. Ron Paul were saying, their rhetoric on the right has blocked sensible gun laws -- laws that would prevent an unhinged person such as Loughner from buying a cartridge capable of firing 33 shots and killing six innocent people in a matter of seconds: