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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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61.

xxx2timesxxx    

Charles Manson didn't kill anyone either, but guess what, his words, his "rhetoric", caused others to kill. Just because you don't actually pull the trigger doesn't mean you aren't partly responsible. I'm so sick of this hag. Please PALIN, go away. Please.

1325 days ago
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daryl gardner    

She can point fingers (or put people in cross hairs ) but no one should point fingers at her. She is a piece of crap. Cross hairs of all things. What an idiot....buy she can see Russia from her house. Just wish she would go there.

1325 days ago
63.

Sharon    

Palin is a nut!!
Something is terribly wrong with this woman!

1325 days ago
64.

Guy    

In here statement she says we always had heated debate referring to when political disputes were settled with duels.
WHAAT?
So we are supposed to regress to that time? Somehow that doesn't sound like she gives much credibility to becoming civilized.
And on the misinformation train, Rush's response said 'the killer couldn't have been motivated by crosshairs on a map over a year ago.' When in fact the map wasn't taken down until AFTER the shooting.
It's hard to imagine some people as the end result of millions of years of selective evolution.

1325 days ago
65.

carpetMuncher    

For all of you who think that what ever Sarah Palin said or did in any way prompted this retard into shooting that woman I just have to say you are beyond stupid and ignorant. Sarah P. is no more responsible than Jodi Foster was for John Hinkley. You are beyond s*** for trying to use this tragic death of a 9 year old for your own political agenda. Shame on you. It show how sads the democrats are and how scared you are that you will grasp at straws to twist anyting to your will. I just have ask if something bad happened to Sarah or her family would stand there and take the blame for all the hate you spew at her and her family. How stupid and small minded you are.

1325 days ago
66.

smevic    

Who is the "we" she keeps talking about? "We" didn't use violent terminology to incite others to do our bidding. "We" didn't put crosshairs on a map. "We" didn't tell people to reload. Without doubt Laughner is responsible for his actions however, those who preach hate and discontent, as Sarah does, should accept the consequences for their words.

1325 days ago
67.

Esther    

While she's at it, why doesn't she encourage people not to unjustly blame all muslims for attacks on America?

http://www.buzzfeed.com/uberhumor/sarah-palin-is-feeling-unjustly-blamed-2g2u

1325 days ago
68.

Ozzie X    

Come on we can't account for every whack job out there that takes things literally. It was only political rhetoric. Sarah Palin is only guilty of being tasteless.

1325 days ago
69.

HKS123    

AMEN #55

1325 days ago
70.

j peeps    

WOW WHAT A HIPOCRIT.DON'T FORGET SHE SENT A MESSAGE TELLING THESE RIGHT WING IDIOTS TO LOCK AND RELOAD.NO I DON'T BLAME ANYONE BUT THE SHOOTER FOR THIS DISGRACEFUL ACT,BUT IT'S FOLK LIKE HER,BILL O'REILY,RUSH LIMBAUGH AND NEWT GINGRICH THAT NEED TO TONE THEIR HATRED AND RETORIC DOWN.IT'S OVER, YOU GUYS LOST.NOW GO TO HELL.THE DEVIL IS BUSY.THIS IS NOW A DEMOCRATIC NATION.MY CONDOLENCES AND HEART GOES OUT TO THE VICTIMS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES AND THE GUNSHOT VICTIMS OF THIS TRAGEDY.WE WILL NOT BE DEFEATED!!!!!I'M NOT SAYIN OUR S... DON'T STINK BUT DAMMIT WE'RE DOING A HELL OF A LOT BETTER THAN THOSE SELFISH IDIOTIC REPUBS.GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1325 days ago
71.

Palin/Jindal 2012    

Can't wait to see your name on the Ballot. Keep up the good work. You are an intelligent and spiritual woman who will lead our great Nation in the near future. You R O C K !!

1325 days ago
72.

Bee    

It is absolutely ridiculous for anyone to think Palin is to blame for this.

1325 days ago
73.

Michael    

For those of you who are so affraid of us pointing blame at her, look at yourself and the people of the Republican Party and the ******g3rs!

I was listening to NPR on Monday, Diane Reem had a Republican Congressman on from Texas...She asked him 4 times if he was going to tone down his rehtoric or stop it all together and he kept changing the topic until the fifth time she asked, he finally said, "Why should I when the Democrates called me a liar and said other not nice things about me?"

Don't sit there and judge people and say that WE are the reason this happened and WE do the same thing and it was not an act of a sane person who had no affiliation to a political party so it isn't OUR fault!

IT IS EVERYONES FAULT JACKAZZES!!!!

WE AS A COUNTRY ARE TO BLAME!

GREED IS TO BLAME!

THAT FACT WE SPEW HATRED IS TO BLAME!

HOMOPHOBIA IS TO BLAME!

STUPIDITY IS TO BLAME!

WE ARE ALL TO BLAME!!

BUT, SPEWING HATE BEGETS MORE HATE.

SPEWING VIOLENCE BEGETS MORE VIOLENCE.

So sitting there and saying, I am not at fault, Sarah, You Are. You and the other people in politics are DEFFINATELY TO BLAME! You attack on another for no reason. Other than you want more money and attention. And that is truly all politics is...money and attention. And right now, she is the Queen of it.

So, blame the guy. Yeah, he is seriously f'ed up! BUT, when you put crosshairs up on a map...CALL OUT the people you are TARGETING!! and then tell them to RELOAD and even offer free M-16 shooting for a rally in Arizona against Congresswoman Giffords, YOU ARE TO BLAME!

1325 days ago
74.

thelion    

so many things wrong with what she said...first, she doesnt acknowledge any degree of blame by her rhetoric or website...it doesnt matter if it was directly responsible...if it possibly contributed in some way to this wackjob trying to kill giffords, if the political mean-spiritedness contributes to people on the fringe going over the edge, then show some guts and acknowledge it..that's the strength people are looking for...not the BS that both sides do it and our founding fathers wanted mean-spirited debate...so typical of beck, rush and anyone on the far right not to acknowledge any blame at all for anything...its what frustrates americans..be accountable and then people will respect you...lastly, if jared had no political motives, why would he have contacted giffords in the 1st place and then felt pissed off about what she told him and then target her for extinction? nah, he had no political motive....gimme a fricking break

1325 days ago
75.

Zhock    

palin annoys me to no end, but is it wrong that i want to jizz all over her chest?

1325 days ago
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