It's probably safe to say that no one in their right mind would agree that the shootings were justifiable or explainable in the context of political beliefs. This horrible crime was most likely perpetrated by someone who truly had lost their mental bearings, their ability to understand the difference between right and wrong. Suggesting or implying violence against others to resolve political differences would never occur to someone in their right mind to begin with, would it? Sadly, no:
"Don't retreat, reload!"
- Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska
"If this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies."
- Sharron Angle, former member of the Nevada State Assembly
"If ballots don't work, bullets will."
- Joyce Kaufman, Radio host, Tea Party activist
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
- Currently serving United States Congresswoman from Minnesota, leader of the Tea Party Caucus, paraphrasing Thomas Jefferson
"Sarah Palin has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district and when people do that, they've gotta realize there are consequences to that action."I know, I know, it's just words and they really didn't have anything to do with the shootings. But it does make one wonder when bloviating hate-mongers like Sarah Palin start backpedaling so fast (like removing this map from her PAC website) it is amazing they haven't broken their ankles.
- Currently serving Congresswoman from Arizona Gabrielle Giffords
But I'm digressing from my point. The fact remains that people got killed (including a 9-year old girl) for no good reason, and no matter where you stand in the political spectrum, this is a horrible, horrible crime. I can only hope that, in your prayers tonight, you pray for everyone involved.