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For perspective, let me begin by stating the obvious – that Saturday’s Tucson shooting was reprehensible and a tragedy. 

The responsibility of the shooting, however, lies solely with the shooter.    Not with republicans or democrats, not with Sarah Palin.  Were we really calling to amend free speech as a result of this?  The crime was horrific, and right now we need level heads and healing.  Instead, we are a nation of people shouting and finger-pointing. 

Scum…violence-tinged…temper political discourse…blame

We have free speech all the time.  Even when we choose to speak irresponsibly.  I will step off my soap-box the moment someone can prove to me that some politician’s words forced – or even caused – that boy-man to pull the trigger.  No.  The blood is on his hands, and his hands alone. 

The rest of us need to remember that our government merely represents us, and is not responsible for our level of happiness, wealth, health, and certainly not for Saturday.  So let’s all just calm down, grieve, and return our focus to fixing this near-broken nation.  Perhaps we can start with turning our gaze inward.   

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims.

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