Overall, 57 percent of respondents said the harsh political tone had nothing to do with the shooting, compared to 32 percent who felt it did. Republicans were more likely to feel the two were unrelated - 69 percent said rhetoric was not to blame; 19 percent said it played a part. Democrats were more split on the issue - 49 percent saw no connection; 42 percent said there was.But even the majority of the democrats that were polled felt that the election rhetoric is simply that, rhetoric. This is a hopeful sign as in people can see for themselves once the facts come out. There can be little doubt the shooter has problems that have nothing to do with Sarah Palin. His obsession with the congresswoman started in 2007, the chances of him knowing who Gov. Palin was at that time are very low indeed.
Independents more closely reflected the overall breakdown - 56 percent said rhetoric had nothing to do with the attack; 33 percent felt it did.
I would venture to say that number will be even higher as more has come out. We now know that this kid had some sort of satanic alter in his backyard, top that with the creepy mug shot that has been released, and even more people will see that as much as the Krugmans of the world would like to blame conservatives for this tragedy, people just are not buying it. Once again, common sense prevails. While the families are certainly the most impacted by this horrible act, but the media is going to pay a high price for this. People are on to the bias that has been so obvious for the past three days.
Maybe now we can start having the discussions that we should be having. Why did the police in Tucson ignore the warning signs that this kid was so mentally unbalanced that he was a direct danger to himself and others? Arizona has some the most lenient laws when it comes to getting a person to a doctor for care. We also need to discuss how the left in this country have pushed for changes in the mental health laws that make it very difficult for families to get help for a loved one, even when they know that they need it. While there is no question there was abuse in the mental health system, we have swung too far in the other direction which has caused more problems. The usual unintended consequences of government intervention.
As always, prayers for the families that have lost their loved ones, and continue good wishes to the congresswoman, who seems to be taking more steps towards her recovery. She gave a thumbs up on command. Praise God for giving her the strength and the fortitude to survive everything she has been through.