Following Saturday’s mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona, much debate has been raised over the controversial Sarah Palin crosshairs map seen to the left, which features what clearly resemble gun sights over various congressional districts throughout America held by Democrats. SarahPAC, or the Sarah Palin Action Committee, used the crosshairs map to target seats during the 2010 elections.
Now, Sarah’s camp claims those crosshairs aren’t crosshairs at all; at least not in a gun sort of way. Because all maps have crosshairs that look exactly like gun sights. Whatever that means.
Sarah Palin Crosshairs Map Targeted For Blame By Some Following Tragic Arizona Shooting
One of the “targets” indicated on the “Take Back The 20″ Sarah Palin crosshairs map seen here was Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords; ironically, or perhaps not so, Giffords was also the apparent target of the Jan. 8 Tucson shooting spree that took place at a ‘Congress On Your Corner” event outside a Safeway grocery store that left six dead and 12 more wounded. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords remains in critical condition after being shot in the head by a Glock 9MM allegedly fired by Jared Lee Loughner.
More on the details of yesterday’s Tucson shooting here.
No matter what anyone else thinks of Sarah Palin and her crosshairs, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords didn’t like the map one bit. Early last year, Giffords herself commented on the map, saying, “We’re on Sarah Palin’s targeted list. The thing is, the way that she has it depicted has the crosshairs of a gun site over our district. [When] people do that they’ve got to realize there are consequences to that action.”
Tucson Shooting: Details Here
In the aftermath of what happened at the Ina and Oracle Safeway stripmall Saturday morning, some people, including Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, are questioning if the current political and social climate had anything to do with the violence yesterday. Sheriff Dupnik repeatedly used the words “vitriole”, “prejudice” and “hate” during a press conference Sat. evening, and specifically mentioned politics; however, Sheriff Dupnik said no motive for the shooting was yet available.
Can the almost-militant approach, attitude and remarks of some, such as Sarah Palin with her crosshairs map and pharses like, “Don’t retreat, reload!”, have the potential to influence unstable individuals like Tucson shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner in their actions? While Sarah Palin is surely not to blame for Gabrielle Giffords or anyone else being shot yesterday, do you feel Palin bears any responsibility when she chooses to use gun-related terminology in her speeches, or when SarahPAC places “take ’em out” targets over districts represented on a map by the name of specific individuals with whom she disagrees?
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