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Palin on Shooting: Stop Mindless Finger Pointing!

1/12/2011 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Sarah Palin has just posted an 8 minute video about the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords -- slamming critics who say she may be to blame for the event.



Palin says "We must reject the idea that every time a law is broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker ... Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own, they begin and end with the criminals who commit them ... not with law abiding citizens who respectively exercise their first amendment rights at campaign rallies."

Palin came under attack after it was discovered Giffords was targeted by Palin on a map released last fall featuring crosshairs over her district.

In the video, she continues, "Journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible."

Palin also adds "We are better than the mindless finger pointing we endured in the wake of the tragedy."


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46.

rjinchi    

Sarah Palin may not be linked to the killings in AZ but has shown no remorse for those sick posters with the rifle sites drawn over those she wanted "taken out." Now she has the audacity to cry foul that hatred is turned on her for the posters? She has shown herself to be less of a human being that I originally thought. As the Bible says Sarah, "you reap what you......"

1347 days ago
47.

Home Skillet    

And, another thing ... it's not "mindless fingerpointing." Don't be so condescending to your opposition, Sarah. We're fingerpointing because we fully believe that you're responsible to hate rhetoric in the political sphere! What do you not get about that? We're not just spouting off to spout off, we BELIEVE that you are at the root of a lot of hate and we're tired of it. You wonder where the mountain of hate being directed at you is coming from? From the built-up frustration and shock at your own words and how you conduct yourself since we were burdened with you in 2008. You're not qualified - you know it, we know it ... it's just your supporters who continue to pledge their blind loyalty to you for whatever reason. They're wasting a vote if they vote for you - you're not going anywhere in politics. Better get on the horn with TLC.

1347 days ago
48.

karlew    

Is anybody even sure the nut job shooter was even aware of Palin's website? Until this happened I had no iea what was on her website. Also the guy was apparently really really far left and as such I couldn't see him agreeing with Palins politics much at all. To say he was inspired by her I think is a superhuman leap.
Look I think Palin is as unsuited for political office as most people seem to do. However I think she's being railroaded in this. Taking down the map isn't an admission of guilt, it was the only decent thing she could do. If she didn't she'd be skewered in public opinion even worse. Hate her if you want, God knows she's not worthy of anyone's respect as a legislator, but I don't think she's to blame for Gifford's shooting. No more than any politician who uses violent rhetoric for political purposes and we all know they all do no matter what side of the fence they're on.

1347 days ago
49.

Dobonacus    

A person of TRUE reasoning was the sherrif of Pima County. He said it, the true haters are freaks like this woman. She makes me sick!!!!!

1347 days ago
50.

notalawyer    

"We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions." - 40th U.S. President Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004.

1347 days ago
51.

John    

How many murders last night in America? Who's fault were all those murders?

1347 days ago
52.

Susie-Q    

We all must realize there are more mentally unstable walking the streets that are in need of help but cannot obtain the help. The parents of this boy did not see or realize he was mentally unstable. Many people are in need of meds, who refuse to take them, and this society can do little about it for the laws protect them leaving them on the streets to do whatever. It is not just one persons fault. That is ridiculous although I am not a Palin supporter. Her daughter now should be careful living in Arizona.

1347 days ago
53.

DMC    

Who does she think she is? She's not the President of the United States, yet she's upstaging the President (and his Cabinet) once again, by her necessity to provide this video. Cavorting like she does if her views are more important? And it's cowardly, like resigning her position as Governor was. If she wishes to address her critics, provide live interviews and face the media, answer questions like REAL politicians, candidates do...She's an embarrassment and she's not even bright; she should know more than I do and I'm sorry to say she doesn't! What's worse is her attitude. There's no excuse for violent rhetoric like "it's time to reload" or targeting her opponents with a violent cross hairs map...All she has to do is be the better person, acknowledge that her language and images were inappropriate, this criticism toward her would go away quickly, and together we could all find solutions...Rather be combative and defensive, she should be humble and conciliatory and put others ahead of her for once, in this time of sorrow...We can do better in our Country, and even members of her own Party are now distancing themselves from her...

1347 days ago
54.

hfn    

ok i don't get this. am i the only one that understood this crazy kids rambling? why aren't people blasting the educational system? the kids ramblings indicate he had signed up for school and didn't pay the whole bill. then when it came time for grades he couldn't get his cause he wasn't paid in full. he started ranting at the school and they escorted him off. he worked for the grades so he thinks he should get them, he now thinks the only way to get grades is to pay for them and the only ones with grades are those with money. why isn't THIS a political issue? what has sarah palin or the nra or whomsoever else got to do with this? kids crazy i know but? can't you "sane" folks play the blame game any better than this?

1347 days ago
55.

everythingmenothingyou    

#44 - You are so right. IMO - she is a sociopath. The only thing disturbing her, is she got caught with the map and the soundbites. She sickens me.

1347 days ago
56.

Bubbles The Chimp    

Have you ever noticed that the mass majority of so-called overly religious Christians are the first people to incite hate. Very ironic that she claims to he very religious yet every word out of her mouth is hateful towards others. Typical hypocrite religious freak. I am surprised she is not an official member of the Westboro Baptist Church.

1347 days ago
57.

Jim    

Everyone knows Palin is a moron, but blaming her without knowing the motivation of the killer is premature. The crosshairs may have had nothing to do with it.

1347 days ago
58.

Celebrities Suck    

I could actually see Russia from my window.... "blah"

1347 days ago
59.

Sammie    

How about we BLAME the CRIMINAL who actually BROKE the law and did the Shooting instead of all the rest of us?

If you want to really see who started and has kept up all the viciousness then check this out and then ask yourself who's really at fault for all the violence - if you have the guts, that is:
http://michellemalkin.com/2011/01/10/the-progressive-climate-of-hate-an-illustrated-primer-2000-2010/

1347 days ago
60.

BMT    

Did you know the shooter had a vid on Youtube praising Palin?. If I remember correctly it was in his own voice and he showed some Palin propaganda poster for minutes at the end.

I can't find that vid anywhere, can you TMZ guys?

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