The New York Times said conservatives are "right" to call on liberals to condemn inflammatory political speech after a gunman shot up a recreational Republican baseball practice on Wednesday just outside of Washington, D.C.
In an editorial published that night, the Times said that the shooter, who was identified as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson and who was killed by police in a shootout, was clearly motivated by politics.
"Conservatives and right-wing media were quick on Wednesday to demand forceful condemnation of hate speech and crimes by anti-Trump liberals," the paper said. "They're right. Though there's no sign of incitement as direct as in the [Gabrielle] Giffords attack, liberals should of course hold themselves to the same standard of decency that they ask of the right."
Hodgkinson was reportedly a supporter of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and had written violent comments on social media about President Trump.
During the shooting, Hodgkinson injured four people, including GOP Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., who is still in critical condition.
The Times, as it has done in the past, said that the proliferation of guns in the U.S. was key in such tragedies.
"Was this attack evidence of how readily available guns and ammunition are in the United States?" the Times said. "Indisputably."