Giffords is one of 20 Democrats Sarah Palin painted targets on in 2010 for supporting the health care reform bill. She encouraged people not to retreat but to "RELOAD!"
No, that is not correlation = causation. Which is to say, I am not claiming Sarah Palin is responsible for Giffords
My heart goes out to Giffords family and the families of all the victims. I wish a speedy recovery to the injured.
And I hope those in political office stop with thinly veiled encouragements of violence against people.
Giffords conservative tea party opponent also encouraged people to shoot her:
*She is alive and being operated on for a bullet wound to the head