I am not sure what point you’re trying to make, other than perhaps trying to make yourself feel more self-righteous.

Being almost 70 years old, I actually remember the Weather Underground, the Symbionese Liberation Army and the rest. I was in the auditorium in Austin, Texas, when Abbie Hoffman urged his audience to get guns.

Since I was in law enforcement during that time; I can assure you that we were very worried about violence from the left.

I also remember four young girls killed in a white-supremacist church bombing, murders of civil rights workers, and the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

On the other hand, Lee Harvey Oswald was a Marxist. Sirhan Sirhan shot Robert Kennedy over the sending of U.S. warplanes to bomb Palestinians.

What I said remains true. It doesn’t matter how many people died, there was violence.

It’s no truer for you to say that violence is the exclusive province of the right than it is for quite a few on the right to claim that all mass shooters were Democrats or liberals. Yes, that is a real belief among some people.

Brenton Tarrant is a terrorist. He is no different than any other terrorist. Tarrant carried out his own, sick version of jihad. Should we say that the killers who took more than 100 lives in Paris were on the left because they weren’t on the right? How about those that murdered more than 3,000 people in New York City?

Timothy McVeigh may have been right-wing but the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building wasn’t politics; it wasn’t white supremacy; it wasn’t neo-Nazi; it was revenge for the government’s actions against Randy Weaver at Ruby Ridge and the Branch Davidians in Waco.

No, Mr. Richford, you haven’t a leg to stand on when it comes to ascribing violence to one end of the political spectrum. It knows no party lines and adheres to no philosophy.

Professional writer. Passionately interested in facts. Founder of onewordtexas.org

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