Why don’t anti-abortion politicians who say #BlackLivesMatter-rhetoric endangers cops take responsibility for Officer Swasey's murder at Planned Parenthood?
If anti-abortion rhetoric doesn't have any relation to the murder of Officer Swasey and innocent women at Planned Parenthood, how could anti-cop rhetoric have any relation to people attacking cops? On the flip side, if anti-abortion rhetoric does incite violence against abortion clinics, why wouldn’t the same be true for anti-cop rhetoric and subsequent attacks on cops?
As to the question of rhetoric inciting violence, shouldn't we at least be consistent? It's frustrating when ideology and making political points seem more important than the murder of police officers and other innocent people.
Update: When I posted this idea on Twitter, I got one response saying that we shouldn't "jump to conclusions" that the attack on Planned Parenthood has anything to do with anti-abortion rhetoric. Of course not.
On the other side, somebody from the Left informed me that #BlackLivesMatter isn't anti-cop, "it is [just] against the abuse of law enforcement in taking of black lives." Besides, "violence in #BLM rhetoric is self-defense." Of course.... Just like pro-life people are really only against the abuse fetuses take when aborted.
So can rhetoric lead to violence? Sure, sometimes. But if so, do we just accept it as an unfortunately side-effect of free speech in a gun-loving society? I would say yes, at least up to a point. But regardless, we shouldn't say that only people on the other ideological side can be inspired into violent action by idiotic rhetoric.