As much as I detest Sarah Palin and her politics it is undoubtedly crass of her opponents in the US to immediately use the Giffords shooting as an excuse to criticise her.
Just as it is ridiculous to blame high school shootings on Marilyn Manson, it’s unfair for Palin to blamed for the actions of someone who was clearly deranged. Who gets violently upset about a currency not being backed by gold or silver other than a total headcase?
However, I do agree that this is a good opportunity to call for an end to hardline political rhetoric (i.e. all the Tea Party goons labelling politicians traitors and threats to the constitution) and a collective re-commitment to the peaceful democratic process.