Misfire: Tweeters assume Santa Monica shooting an assassination attempt

Authorities haven’t yet released the name of the alleged gunman responsible for today’s shooting spree in Santa Monica, Calif., that killed six people, nor have they identified a second person of interest who is currently in custody. That hasn’t stopped the usual speculation that the NRA, or the Tea Party, or Republicans in general were responsible.

Because President Obama was just three miles away at the time (and not three blocks, as some mistakenly reported), quite a few reported the shooting as a botched assassination attempt.

Of course, not everyone jumped to the conclusion that this was an assassination attempt. Still, it was in poor taste to have a mass shooting on the same day the president was in town speaking.


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