When Gabrielle Giffords’ father was asked if his daughter had any enemies, he replied bluntly – “Yeah. The whole Tea Party.” His comments raised the central political question about the Arizona shootings. Is it fair to link the attempted assassination of Congresswoman Giffords – and the killing of six bystanders – to the current political climate in America? Or was this just a random act of violence from which no wider moral should be drawn?
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