Washington (CNN) – In the aftermath of the Arizona shootings, some critics have accused Republican Sharron Angle of spewing potentially dangerous political rhetoric in her recent bid for Nevada's Senate seat. Now, Angle is responding: releasing a statement on Wednesday that denounces any form of violence - and calls the criticism of her dangerous.
"I condemn all acts of violence. The despicable act in Tucson is a horrifying and senseless tragedy, and should be condemned as a single act of violence, by a single unstable individual," Angle said in the statement.
"Expanding the context of the attack to blame and to infringe upon the people's Constitutional liberties is both dangerous and ignorant. The irresponsible assignment of blame to me, Sarah Palin or the Tea Party movement by commentators and elected officials puts all who gather to redress grievances in danger," Angle added.
Six people died, and six others - including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords - remain hospitalized after the shootings in Tucson. As Americans try to understand the actions of accused gunman Jared Lee Loughner, some critics have focused on Angle's words during her race against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid - a race that Angle lost in November.
In one especially eyebrow-raising comment from the campaign, Angle told a radio interviewer, "If this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking towards those Second Amendment remedies." Many people believed Angle was invoking the Second Amendment's right to bear arms as a way to keep the federal government in check.
There is no evidence that Loughner's alleged acts were in reaction to any heated words or images from the recent political season. Despite that, some have referenced Angle's words and actions from other conservatives, like a map from Palin that used crosshairs to target Democrats - including Giffords - during the midterm elections.
In her statement, Angle calls that "finger pointing" an effort to boost news audiences. "It contradicts the facts as they are known - that the shooter was obsessed with his twisted plans long before the Tea Party movement began," Angle said.
"I have consistently called for reasonable political dialogue on policy issues to encourage civil political education and debate," she added.