The shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, seems to have been mentally ill, and neither right-wing nor left-wing, but just nuts. (He is a white male, and identified as such in this story.)
However, the usual inquisitors (not the usual suspects—you and I are the usual suspects) are blaming Sarah Palin and "rhetoric."
"Let me be clear, as a great man says: If youâ€™re using this event to criticize the â€?rhetoricâ€? of Sarah Palin or others with whom you disagree, then youâ€™re either asserting a connection between the â€?rhetoricâ€? and the shooting â€” which based on evidence to date would be what we call a vicious lie â€” or youâ€™re not, in which case youâ€™re just seizing on a tragedy to try to score unrelated political points, which is contemptible. So which is it?"The most annoying blame game example is from Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, who is quoted as saying â€?Arizona has become the Mecca for prejudice and bigotry."
Dupnik is notorious for having said he'd refuse to enforce SB 1070. His anti-SB 1070 position is so radical that he was actually published on Opinion page of the Wall Street Journal:Arizona's Immigration Mistake May 5, 2010