Shooter's Motive Sparks Debate on Political Rhetoric

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As more information is released about the man suspected to be behind the deadly shooting rampage that injured Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, many are blaming growing political anger for his actions.

Online posts by suspect Jared Loughner, and accounts by former friends and classmates portray the young man as consumed with conspiracy theories and obsessed with government control.

Some liberals said the right's angry rhetoric is partly to blame fore Loughner's behavior. But Family Research Council Senor Fellow for Policy Studies Peter Sprigg told CBN News political vitriol was not what motivated the shooter.

"I don't think that this should be used to prevent a vigorous debate of the issues... People are always going to use symbolic language, metaphors and so forth," he said. "If we strip ourselves of this it would be very difficult to conduct debate."

Sprigg said he believes the Jan. 8 massacre in Tucson, Ariz., was a freak act conducted by a deranged young man.

"I think it is unfortunate that liberals are using this to say that the rhetoric is worse on the conservative side. I think there is extreme rhetoric on both sides," Sprigg continued. "We always use the phrase to speak the truth in love... The most loving thing that we can do is speak the truth."

Click here for all of Sprigg's comments to CBN News on the debate surrounding Loughner's motives.

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