Bloomberg: Palin Is Not to Blame for Arizona Shootings

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Mayor Bloomberg, who often rails against partisan bickering, said the heated rhetoric of Republicans like Sarah Palin are not to blame for the deadly shooting in Arizona.

“I don’t think I blame Sarah Palin or any other individual,” Bloomberg said Thursday. “[The] president’s right about we should be talking to each other more and have more civility. I don’t think any of that had anything to do with this.”

Palin drew the ire of critics for fanning the flames of heated rhetoric ahead of the shooting that killed six and wounded 14 others by peppering her speeches with gun imagery and releasing a map with what appeared to be a cross-hair symbol over Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ district.

The mayor, who is head of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, instead said the focus should be on the suspect in the shooting, Jared Lee Loughner.

“This would appear to be a very deranged, perhaps on-drugs individual from what I’ve read,” he said. “And I think we should focus on somebody with a gun that has killed six people. And I think the president put it very well yesterday—the rhetoric should be at a discourse on the facts and have more civility in it.”

Doctors said Giffords has markedly improved since she was first hospitalized after being shot in the head on Saturday.

(Source: WNYC)


3 COMMENTS

  1. Idea: get the left-wing nuts who think Sarah and the Tea Party are behind the Tuscon shooting, and then get the right-wing nuts who insist that the president is an alien- lock them in the same room — let them kill each other —

    and

    leave the country to sane majority (who are actually quite civil)

  2. akuperma:

    The problem is that the liberal wackos are vehemently against gun rights, so they’ll be unarmed. Ergo, we’ll still be left with the crackpot rightists.

  3. 1. Who thinks he’s an alien? If anything there is a legal question with his eligibility to be the POTUSA. Of course had he released a legal copy of his REAL birth certificate, there would be little to no question.