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07/21/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Hate Acts and the NRA's Extreme Rhetoric

Please take a moment this weekend to read Bob Herbert's column published today in the New York Times.

His message is long overdue:

Even with the murders that have already occurred, Americans are not paying enough attention to the frightening connection between the right-wing hate-mongers who continue to slither among us and the gun crazies who believe a well-aimed bullet is the ticket to all their dreams.

I hope I'm wrong, but I can't help feeling as if the murder at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington and the assassination of the abortion doctor in Wichita, Kan., and the slaying of three police officers in Pittsburgh -- all of them right-wing, hate-driven attacks -- were just the beginning and that worse is to come.

As if the wackos weren't dangerous enough to begin with, the fuel to further inflame them is available in the over-the-top rhetoric of the National Rifle Association, which has relentlessly pounded the bogus theme that Barack Obama is planning to take away people's guns. The group's anti-Obama Web site is called gunbanobama.com.

[Read Bob Herbert's full column here.]