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But the political fallout from -- Arizona massacre not yet being felt full force in the capital.
Perhaps -- soon will be.
Remember these terrifying moments from march of 1981.
Was later convicted of trying to assassinate the president and in some ways that shooting forever changed the face of Washington.
Michael Reagan is a political consultant and chairman of the Reagan group and the sun apparently president Michael thank you so much for being here.
You know it's it's something.
That people are thinking about now because it's probably one of -- and one of the most famous attempted assassinations.
And this was an attempted assassination of get real -- Although there are serious questions about -- politics had anything to do with it as opposed to sheer madness your thoughts and watching the coverage over the past couple of days.
You don't just for your information when I go my father's library I walked past that video I don't like looking at the video.
-- my father being shot back on March 30 thank you want.
But you know to make.
Making a political issue is just absolutely wrong.
-- my father was shot back march 30 1981 I remember going to Michael Moodie who was he agent in charge my detailed.
At the time -- -- said Michael how could this happen with all the Secret Service -- there to protect my father how does Ronald Reagan how does the president get shot.
It -- recent Michael we can train 24 -- today to protect the president United States you will never be able to protect someone.
Against the crazies -- what happened over the weekend.
It Tucson Arizona was simply that.
It was somebody out of their mind who decided to go in there and shoot and kill.
So many people to judge the nine year old girl.
Wounding the -- represent different to what have you it was just one of those crazies which you can't stop to make political.
Hey out of try to blame the right try to blame the leftist -- -- has -- one of the people by the way away.
By the left.
Back with Oklahoma Rush Limbaugh myself and Ollie north with a three it was -- -- By Brian Gumbel back in those days as.
The ones responsible.
For what was done by Timothy McVeigh in Oklahoma it was outrageous then that's outrageous today.
What we're hearing you know we're getting two different messages some are saying.
Yes it's the vitriol that led to this you know even the sheriff said it's the -- -- That -- the vitriolic about rhetoric we've heard from politicians and pundits that may have influenced.
Be a compromise to mind that such as this man that's his theory although when I questioning yesterday he admitted it was.
Pure speculation and he had no facts or evidence.
Two to support it but then there are others Michael who are saying.
While taking a step beyond that forget whether there's a direct link here isn't this just an opportunity.
To call for dialing back the rhetoric and some have a have responded that by saying.
You know even that is too much because it's free speech and people are allowed to say and do what they want as long they're not threatening -- feel that.
Well -- I mean if you want dial back -- rhetoric yourself on dial back the rhetoric yourself but those people were trying to find excuse to do hard to someone.
They're always going to find the excuse to do harm.
To someone they're going to fight somewhere.
In their life or somebody else's -- to go out there and do something like what happened over the we -- just Mike Hinckley.
Deciding I'm going to go out there and impress Jodie Foster by shooting the president of the United States America.
What what -- we not.
Now have Jodie Foster film.
Films to be played on television or in the movies because people use her as an excuse to shoot the president of the United States America.
We can't go.
That direction wrecker -- there.
The vitriolic stuff goes on -- who was going on.
Back in the days of the founding fathers they used -- have sword fight things to go out on the on the streets of the capital after arguing in the congress United States -- -- news.
-- in Washington DC -- doesn't mean.
That that's gonna cause us to go out there.
And do the same thing most people do not do it didn't -- eighteen million people the United States America there -- some people who just.
Can't handle it.
You -- deeper and more divisive do you think rates further -- that you know having.
Whether -- the sheriff for others come out and sort of try to blame the actions of this man on political rhetoric.
Is further divisive.
People are always looking for excuse -- something might have happened.
If -- looking basically at the situation there always try to find the excuse and it's always easy.
The find may be the easiest one the rhetoric that's going on what's happening in Arizona now -- the immigration issues and and what have you.
But you know -- if you wanna fix -- you've been thrown around all over the place.
I mean the left to right the senator this is what happens in America people debate issues sometimes -- get quite up.
Quite high in volume and certainly does doesn't mean everybody's gonna go after and shoot someone three -- -- people stayed home on Saturday one person went nuts.
Michael Reagan thank you so much for your thoughts on it you know if you have any doubt about the the -- -- -- that -- force somebody to create acts like this.
John Hinckley was was quoted as saying he he viewed his act -- an unprecedented demonstration of love that yet for Jodie Foster.
No politics there Michael Reagan thanks again.
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