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Poll: Most Americans don’t blame ‘heated rhetoric’ for Tucson shooting

CBS released a poll Tuesday revealing that six in ten Americans polled don’t blame the country’s heated political rhetoric for the Tucson shootings over the

Jul 31, 2020
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CBS releaseda poll Tuesday revealing that six in ten Americans polled don’t blame the “country’s heated political rhetoric” for the Tucson shootings over the weekend. More from CBS:
Overall, 57 percent of respondents said the harsh political tone had nothing to do with the shooting, compared to 32 percent who felt it did. Republicans were more likely to feel the two were unrelated – 69 percent said rhetoric was not to blame; 19 percent said it played a part. Democrats were more split on the issue – 49 percent saw no connection; 42 percent said there was.
There’s no evidence that Jared Lee Loughner was influenced by “heated political rhetoric” — at this point, his political views expressed in available materials are incoherent, consisting mainly of a fixated, generalized anger at “the government.” As Dr. Bob Dolgoff, medical director of Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s mental health division, toldthe San Francisco Chronicle, ”I doubt people who say this is about politics have a good understanding of mental illness.” He added, “It could be conspiracy theories or men from outer space. The important thing here is, why wasn’t he in treatment?”
The absence of evidence hasn’t stopped calls — however virtuous — to tamp down the often incendiary language used in political debate. Pundits and politicians have been quick to ascribe blameto “heated political rhetoric” since the shooting Saturday, but only a significant minority of people agree.
Dexter Cooke

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Dexter Cooke is an economist, marketing strategist, and orthopedic surgeon with over 20 years of experience crafting compelling narratives that resonate worldwide. He holds a Journalism degree from Columbia University, an Economics background from Yale University, and a medical degree with a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopedic medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dexter’s insights into media, economics, and marketing shine through his prolific contributions to respected publications and advisory roles for influential organizations. As an orthopedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive knee replacement surgery and laparoscopic procedures, Dexter prioritizes patient care above all. Outside his professional pursuits, Dexter enjoys collecting vintage watches, studying ancient civilizations, learning about astronomy, and participating in charity runs.
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