"Commonsense Conservatives & lovers of America: 'Don't Retreat, Instead - RELOAD!' Pls see my Facebook page."
-Sarah Palin, Twitter
“The way that she has it depicted has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they have to realize that there are consequences to that action."
-U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, discussing Sarah Palin's map that has since been removed from her Facebook.
Maybe it affected Loughner, maybe it had no impact at all. Personally, I don't think it did. Doesn't matter; it already happened and making this our defining concern does the country a disservice by diverting attention from where it needs to go. Jon Stewart was right - it's time we take it down a notch. Not just today and tomorrow either. It's not enough to condemn acts of violence. If we are to grow as a society, we must also condemn the conditions and environment that foster such violence. No excuses. None. I never want to hear another American talk about 'second amendment remedies' ever again. And if that American should run for office, no self-respecting party could endorse them. No excuses. None.