Evangelist Franklin Graham has warned Americans to be cautious about placing blame in the senseless Tucson, Ariz massacre.
The president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association urged Americans to be "measured and cautious before they place blame" as they seek answers to how the shooting could transpire.
"Hasty accusations have already been made before much information is known and an investigation has occurred. I believe this is counterproductive and could in itself incite hatred. This is not a time for political opportunism," Graham said in a statement. "Just because we disagree with someone from another political party does not mean we wish them harm."
He also said what frightens him the most is that the U.S. "has accepted murder, violence and rape as entertainment" that is portrayed on television, movies, and in videogames.
Graham said he feels that the country needs to do "serious soul searching." He warned that America "could see the destruction of the foundation upton which this nation was built if we are not careful."