The attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the killing of six innocent victims and the wounding of 14 people defy comprehension. Words cannot convey my reaction to the horrific events that unfolded in Tucson this weekend.
President Barack Obama calls for a national moment of silence TODAY at 11:00 am EST:
I call on Americans to observe a moment of silence to honor the innocent victims of the senseless tragedy in Tucson, Arizona, including those still fighting for their lives.
It will be a time for us to come together as a nation in prayer or reflection, keeping the victims and their families closely at heart.
For some, it is a time to pump up the volume and pin the blame on Sarah Palin.
In an e-blast, CREDO Action wrote:
Sarah Palin has a special responsibility and opportunity in the wake of the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. For it was Sarah Palin and Sarah Palin alone who earlier put the crosshairs of a gun on Rep. Giffords. And so far, Palin's response has been Facebook prayers for the victims and an official denial that her widely distributed map involved gun sights at all. This is obscene duplicity at best.
Let us be clear. We do not know why the shooter targeted Rep. Giffords. Sarah Palin did not arm him or pull the trigger. We do not know if the shooter admired, loathed or ignored Sarah Palin. We will eventually know, and that will be a different accounting.
Since you don't know, here's an idea: Hold your fire until the facts are known.