The tragic event in Tucson, Arizona, where a mentally-disturbed person attacked Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her supporters with a deadly weapon have been attributed, among other things, to an atmosphere of violent rhetoric, metaphors involving guns and crosshair images, plus deficient and lax gun control policies.
In consequence, calls for elevated civility and appearance of greater tolerance have been jamming the air, the blogosphere and the chatter around the coffee machine. Many point the finger solely at the crazy guy; “there is no connection to Sara Palin’s campaign style,” they claim. And they may be right as far as Sara Palin is concerned. But the universal reaction proves that there is a widespread realization that offensive brainwashing, for the lack of a better term, has gone a bit too far.