Pueblo Politics: Tea party leader decries ‘political witch hunt’
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…Humphries said he is currently organizing an event, to likely take place in February, to hold what he called a discussion of grief, love, healing, forgiveness and personal responsibility. He said mental health discussions will be part of that. “I think the issue is, how do we work with mentally ill people — and that conversation was really mostly skipped over,” he said….
The head of the Tucson Tea Party is denouncing what he’s calling “the efforts of some to turn this horrific event and investigation into a political witch hunt.”Civility. If we make ‘em use it, they can’t talk. What does that say?
Trent Humphries, the co-founder of the group, sent a long message Tuesday to his members, saying he is now speaking out because enough time has passed since the Jan. 8 shooting rampage that killed six people and left U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords with grievous injuries. [Ten days, to be precise…ed.]
Jared Lougher, the 22-year-old shooter, acted alone by all accounts, Humphries said.
“However, the response by certain members of the media and political class was coordinated, pre-meditated, and certainly intended to do harm to people that they disagreed with politically, all the while knowing that there was no real connection,” he continued, saying the new standard of “civility” will be used to silence tea party attendees.
“The ‘tone and civility’ argument is a wall that will grow ever higher as we try to scale it,” he predicted. “No amount of grace, no level of penance, no measure of timidity can ever pay the price of a sin that we didn’t commit.”…