While it seems reasonable to discuss whether the heated rhetoric in political debate MIGHT have contributed to a violent act, IMO it was wrong to strongly suggest that Palin or Beck, etc. was at fault in the recent AZ shooting without any evidence.
Anyone on the Left who did so was wrong to do so and Palin was correct - to the extent that it happened - to call it morally reprehensible. Each side has and will find evidence to blame the other side - The Enemy - for such things, particularly re: who started this mess. Was it Nixon's "Enemies List" or something some Liberal did? Folks will probably never agree.
But for those on The Right, who are jumping to condemn those on the Left for drawing quick conclusions, I have a question. Purely, of course, hypothetical and speculative:
If a person with mental problems shot a Right Wing talk show host or a Repub Congressman from Colorado (for the sake of this discussion, PRIOR to the AZ shooting - so that any lessons from it were not yet learned), wouldn't there be immediate suspicion that there was a political motivation and wouldn't there be all kinds of speculation about it?
I am curious what Conservatives, in particular, think would have happened under those circumstances.