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Posted at 4:19 PM ET, 01/ 8/2011

Giffords reacts to vandalism of her office in 2010

By Emi Kolawole
Updated: 1/9/2011 0:35 a.m.

A staff member for former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, Rebecca Mansour, responded to accusations that the image of crosshairs over Gifford's district that was posted on Palin's facebook page was not intended in to imply the sights of a weapon.

Mansour called accusations from those on the left "obscene" and "appalling," insisting that the "target list" was not intended to allude to guns. "We never ever, ever intended it to be gun sights," she said during an interview with conservative talk radio host Tammy Bruce.

"We never imagined, it never occurred to us that anybody would consider it violent," she said. Rather, she said, that it was simply "crosshairs that you would see on a map."

There is "nothing irresponsible about our graphic," Mansour said.

(h/t Alaska Dispatch)

Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot on Saturday morning outside of Tucson grocery store. A Tucson doctor said he was "very optimistic" about Giffords's condition. Condolences and developments have been coming in quickly.

The shooter was identified as Jared Loughner, who appears to have left a trail of Internet postings, including a YouTube channel with text-heavy videos addressing topics that range from currency and government to mind-control and religion.

Giffords's district office was vandalized during a rash of violence against lawmakers in March. She took the opportunity to respond in an interview with MSNBC's "The Rundown." At the time Sarah Palin's Facebook page featured a graphic with Giffords's district positioned under a gun's crosshairs. "When people do that they've got to realize there's consequences to that action," said Giffords.

"I understand this health care bill is incredibly personal," said Giffords, "but the reality is we have to focus on the policy, focus on the process. But leaders...can stand back and say, 'Woah, let's take a step back here.'"

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Government officials have been giving their reactions to the shooting. And we've been collecting reactions on Twitter as well.

I ask all Americans to join me and Michelle in keeping Rep. Giffords, the victims of this tragedy, and their families in our prayers.less than a minute ago via HootSuite

President Obama: "Representative Giffords, the victims of this tragedy, and their families in our prayers" http://is.gd/ko0rTless than a minute ago via web

Prayers go out to the family of Rep Gabrielle Giffords (AZ) who was shot earlier today. Conflicting reports of her status, so please pray.less than a minute ago via ÃœberTwitter

Everyone please pray for Rep. Giffords and her family.less than a minute ago via Twitter for Android

Speaker John Boehner:

Boehner Condemns Attack Against Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords http://bit.ly/gcm4KDless than a minute ago via TweetDeck

By Emi Kolawole  | January 8, 2011; 4:19 PM ET
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Comments

Come on people. I am absolutely sure that Ms. Palin did not intend for anyone to be shot. I'm also sure that the Tea Party did not want anyone to be shot. This is a tragety that should bring everyone together,not be used as an opportunity to show our differences. Let us all ... liberal and conservative join together in our prayers for those that were killed and those that are injured.

Posted by: dunwoody01 | January 9, 2011 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I don't by any measure think that Sarah Palin *wanted* this to happen, but as for the irresponsibility of her website, this is a really lame attempt at a dodge:

"We never imagined, it never occurred to us that anybody would consider it violent," she said. Rather, she said, that it was simply "crosshairs that you would see on a map."

WTF? Just "crosshairs" that you would see on a map. Yeah, every map I look at has gun sights drawn all over them, accompanied by language below the map about "reloading". Yeah, that's your usual map aimed at a political demographic that's nuts about their guns. Every map - especially ones targeted at those kind of Americans - has those features on them.

Posted by: B2O2 | January 9, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

BruceMajor's comments reflect exactly the sad state of the many who are ideologically brainwashed:

A national tragedy is not an opportunity to blame the Obama administration.

If people connected to the Tea Party feel defensive then they should ask themselves what they have said or done, but don't deny that violent rhetoric influences people - (this is not heated political speech).

You don't put a bullseye on people.

Further analysis should wait for the full investigation, and all we can do is hope for the best for the victims.

Posted by: John4abetterworld | January 9, 2011 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama is doing violence to the nation by expanding executive and federal power and creating more fascism.

Heated political speech and strife are the inevitable result.

Obama and his minions and toadies like spencer are therefore responsible for violence, if heated political speech causes violence

Posted by: BruceMajor | January 9, 2011 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Leftovers comb the killers bio in the hopes that they can find a tea party connection­. They find he listed the "Communist Manifesto" as a favorite book.

Loughner appears to be a waiter who tried to join the military but was rejected on the drug test. A plausible hypothesis for his shooting an attractive Congresswo­man who had run a small business is ENVY. The primary motivation of all Democratic welfare statists.

Posted by: BruceMajor | January 9, 2011 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Leftovers comb the killers bio in the hopes that they can find a tea party connection­. They find he listed the "Communist Manifesto" as a favorite book.

Loughner appears to be a waiter who tried to join the military but was rejected on the drug test. A plausible hypothesis for his shooting an attractive Congresswo­man who had run a small business is ENVY. The primary motivation of all Democratic welfare statists.

Posted by: BruceMajor | January 9, 2011 10:41 AM | Report abuse

To those blaming Palin and/or the Tea Party:

A liberal, David Letterman, told a rape joke about Palin's daughter on TV, and one of his regular Leftover guests Sandra Bernhard told a rape joke about Palin.

Given the Left's and CBS's promotion of rape and child molestation will they be apologizing and donating to women's shelters and rape crisis centers this year?

Posted by: BruceMajor | January 9, 2011 10:04 AM | Report abuse

The shooter was a flag burner and his favorite book was the communist manifesto so looks to be a liberal.

Posted by: jornolibist | January 8, 2011
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How very selective of you - the reporting to date indicates he listed both Marx and Hitler as favorite authors, no explanation yet of why. Even when someone has died (6 people died today), and others injured, you can't let go of your ideology -- instead jump to knee-jerk conclusions. Look in the mirror please.

Posted by: dstoc10664 | January 8, 2011 9:17 PM | Report abuse

It was Arizona Tea Party candidate Sharron Angle who called for "second amendment solutions if Democrats win". I certainly never heard anyone on the Left talking like that!

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | January 8, 2011 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Just one of his fave books was the Communist Manifesto. Another included Mein Kampf, and there were also two libertarian books.

While someone who claims to have gone to school with him says he was leftwing in 2007, his rantings are more like those of a deranged extremist libertarian.

That doesn't let the TPers off the hook however: the TPers were started by libertarians and they intersect with them. And, the "Second Amendment remedies" and the like promoted by those in the TP movement haven't exactly helped:

http://24ahead.com/s/tea-parties

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | January 8, 2011 6:30 PM | Report abuse

The shooter was a flag burner and his favorite book was the communist manifesto so looks to be a liberal.

Posted by: jornolibist | January 8, 2011 5:18 PM |

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And that makes you a Liar.

Must be a Conservative/Republican/Nazi/Fascist.

At least I'm not lying, Liar.

Posted by: Thinker_ | January 8, 2011 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin should serve time in federal prison for calling for this hit.

Posted by: CalmTruth | January 8, 2011 5:47 PM | Report abuse

I was terribly saddened by the Supreme Court's decision that the 2nd Amendment applied to the rights of individuals as well as the militia. The question was brought to the Supreme Court because D.C. had banned handgun possession. Handguns are mainly for the purpose of shooting people.

Posted by: plwwillis | January 8, 2011 5:32 PM | Report abuse

sad day for arizona.

those with gun shot wounds to the head, usually are brain dead within minutes or hours (depending on where it hit).

If you survive and "recover"....it is never the same.

Pray that she lives. That is the priority.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | January 8, 2011 5:21 PM | Report abuse

The shooter was a flag burner and his favorite book was the communist manifesto so looks to be a liberal.

Posted by: jornolibist | January 8, 2011 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Representative Gabrielle Giffords was one of many Democrats that appeared on a map of the US on Sarah Palin's political action committee with cross hairs on their faces. It was scrubbed today!

Posted by: FoundingMother | January 8, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I understand that Sarah Palin's web site has pulled down their map of the US that had Rep. Giffords and other Democratic congressmen and women in target cross hairs.

Perhaps securit should be increase around those targeted but not yet shot.

Posted by: seahawkdad | January 8, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I am concerned about an article I just read that said only about 5% of those who are victims of gunshot wounds to the head survive, especially when it goes in and out of the head as Dr. Rhee said hers did. http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/bal-te.brain05oct05,0,2310918.story

Will the WaPo be doing a discussion today? It would be helpful to get some insight into her prognosis for recovery in the wake of this violence.

Posted by: lindsaycurren | January 8, 2011 4:52 PM | Report abuse

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