Shooting throws spotlight on state of U.S. political rhetoric
Well wishers hold vigil outside Tucson hospital Saturday
January 9th, 2011
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Shooting throws spotlight on state of U.S. political rhetoric

(CNN) - The tenor of American political rhetoric became a centerpiece in the national debate over Saturday's attack by a gunman in Tucson, Arizona, that killed six people and left local Democratic congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords with a bullet wound to the brain.

Public leaders and others expressed sorrow about "a tragedy for the entire country," as President Obama put it - a total of 18 people allegedly shot by 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner.

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Filed under: Arizona • Gabrielle Giffords
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  1. joe blow

    pastor beck, their blood is on your hands.

    January 9, 2011 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  2. Kevin

    This is a tragedy, my thoughts and prayers are with all of the families.

    January 9, 2011 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  3. Jeff in Virginia

    if there is any justice in this world, Sarah Palin and her violent ilk will disappear from the media and never be heard from again.

    unfortunately for us, there is too much money to be made on Fox News, and we will all be subjected to further actions like these from the violent right.

    shame on you Sarah Palin. shame on you. you take no responsibility for your actions. you see no connection between what you say and what was done yesterday, yet your website has been mysteriously scrubbed of the image showing cross-hairs on Giffords' district.

    January 9, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  4. mark

    Its a shame that Ms,Gifford and others are paying the price for Palin and the radio cry babies, now when they look in mirrror and relize they created this inviroment

    January 9, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  5. once upon a horse

    some how I expect that sheriff from Arizona is going to get a lambasting on right wing talk shows next week.

    January 9, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |