Richard Armey's Loathsome Gun Show

Dick Armey (Mark Wilson/Getty Images News)
Dick Armey (Mark Wilson/Getty Images News)

In the aftermath of mass shootings across the nation, Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart issues a strong rebuke to Dick Armey, the former House majority leader, for allowing an aide to brandish a handgun while Armey seized control of a Tea Party group.

We have endured a couple of weeks of terrifying gun violence. There was The mall shooting in Oregon on Dec. 11. The heartbreaking slaughter of innocents at Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14  And on Christmas Eve, a deranged murderer who served time for killing his grandmother with a hammer intentionally set his house ablaze and shot at responding firefighters (killing two) because he wanted to "do what I like doing best, killing people."

So, as you might imagine, a chill went through me when I read the opening vignette in Amy Gardner's article in The Post this morning about the struggles within the tea party group FreedomWorks.

Richard K. Armey, the group's chairman and a former House majority leader, walked into the group's Capitol Hill offices with his wife, Susan, and an aide holstering a handgun at his waist. The aim was to seize control of the group and expel Armey's enemies: The gun-wielding assistant escorted FreedomWorks' top two employees off the premises, while Armey suspended several others who broke down in sobs at the news.

Read Jonathan Capehart's entire piece at the Washington Post.

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