AZ State Senator Linda Lopez today suggested that the tea party had something to do with the shooting of Rep Gabrielle Giffords and several other people this afternoon.

Here’s the video of Lopez being interviewed by Shep Smith. Lopez starts associating the tea party to today’s events at approximately the 4:18 mark.

To suggest that this attack was the work of conservatives / tea party members only shows that not only do despicable creeps like Linda Lopez still not understand who we are and what we represent, but that they will take advantage of any situation, up to and including the attempted murder of a close personal friend, to attempt to demonize the tea party.

Beyond that though, how incredibly irresponsible for a sitting state representative to make public comments like this, considering the potential such a statement could have to stir up further division, strife, and even retaliatory violence.

I think perhaps Linda Lopez needs to be reminded that since the dawn of the tea party movement, there have been zero, ZERO confirmed acts of violence on the part of tea party members, while in the same time period, acts of violence by Democrats and their supporters on the left have been well documented almost too numerous to count.

Here’s Linda Lopes’ contact info in case anyone is motivated to contact her:

Linda Lopez
House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington, Room 321
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Fax Number: (602) 417-3029

Phone Number: (602) 926-4089 or 1-800-352-8404

Email: llopez@azleg.state.az.us and/or llopez@azleg.gov

In closing…..look, I completely understand that Lopez may be in a state of shock and quite possibly not in her best frame of mind at the moment, but dammit, I’m sick and tired of being libeled, slandered, and otherwise defamed by these people.

Linda Lopez needs to apologize. Now.

Update: According to Gateway Pundit, shooter Jared Loughlin “quite liberal”

Update: Comments from an acquaintance of Jared Loughlin

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-Cnation