On my way home from Elkins on Jan. 8, I called Billie Sipes, one of our WV Patriots coordinators, to discuss our upcoming monthly meeting. In the course of our conversation, she asked if I had heard about U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords being shot. This was only hours after the shooting. Billie commented to me, they are already blaming us (TEA Party groups) for the shooting. When I arrived at home and began reading the various articles, and there were already numerous articles available, I could not believe the hatred that was being leveled against people who had nothing whatsoever to do with this terrible tragedy. The very accusations being made about Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, the TEA Party and others on the right were much more inflammatory than any comments ever made by these individuals or groups. For Sheriff Dupnik to level accusations against "Rush Limbaugh and people like him" even before he has had time to speak to the suspect is irresponsible and foolish. No time was wasted, even within hours of the tragedy, for the politicians and the media to seize the opportunity to further their cause. As President Obama's former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, stated a couple of years ago, "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste."