Dangerous fringe

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The recent shootings in Las Vegas as well as the attack on a Georgia courthouse last week reveal a dangerous trend among certain right-wingers. Although the majority of conservatives are perfectly law-abiding, a growing number have embraced violent resistance to the federal government.

First, an armed militia supporting Cliven Bundy threatened federal agents, backed by the applause of many conservative pundits who disavowed Mr. Bundy only after he was caught making racist remarks. Now we have three people dead at the hands of radicals who sympathized with Mr. Bundy and may even have participated in the standoff.

It’s time for the government to recognize the threat these fringe conservatives pose before they hurt or kill anyone else, and for the conservative movement to take a long, hard look at itself and the people it has embraced.

M.P. GALLEN
Oakland


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