Sarah Palin‘s Penchant for Guns Under Fire Once Again
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Sarah Palin‘s Penchant for Guns Under Fire Once Again

Tucson : AZ : USA | Jan 10, 2011 at 1:00 PM PST
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Sarah Palin is under fire once again for her penchant for guns. In the wake of the recent violence in Arizona, a graphic Palin posted months ago on her Facebook page is drawing fierce criticism.

What does the graphic portray? Back in March 2010, leading up to the midterm elections, Palin publicized a graphic U.S. map featuring 20 gun sights, or crosshairs, over districts in which a Democrat running for office had voted for health care reform. Those Democratic candidates were symbolic “targets” of Palin’s political action committee, SarahPAC.

In the wake of the shootings in Arizona, many are wondering if Sarah Plain bears some responsibility in this tragedy. The violence claimed the lives of six people, including U.S. District Judge John M. Roll and 9-year old Christina Taylor Green, and critically injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ).

In what seems to be a grim foreshadowing of the events to come, Giffords, herself, had spoken out about Palin’s gun graphic. Shortly after the map was posted and Congress voted on the health care bill, Gifford's office was vandalized. In an MSNBC interview Giffords responded to the incident and Palin’s map graphic, saying, “the thing is, the way she has it depicted it has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district. And when people do that, they've got to realize there are consequences to that action."

Facing fierce criticism, a Palin aide is now calling the whole thing a misunderstanding that was never meant to evoke guns or violence, notes the Huffington Post. Palin’s camp has also stated the graphic is no longer relevant since the 2010 elections are over.

In response to the shootings, Palin has posted this message on both her Facebook page and on her PAC website:

"On The Tragedy in Arizona"

My sincere condolences are offered to the family of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the other victims of today's tragic shooting in Arizona.

On behalf of Todd and my family, we all pray for the victims and their families, and for peace and justice.

- Sarah Palin

This “crosshairs” controversy follows a much-publicized public feud between screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin and Sarah Palin over her TLC reality show, "Sarah Palin's Alaska,” which features a gun-toting Palin shooting wild animals.

In response to the grim hunting scenes, Sorkin called her “deranged” and a “phony pioneer girl.”

Palin responded to critics of the hunting scenes on her show, saying, "Unless you've never worn leather shoes, sat upon a leather chair or eaten meat, save your condemnation." Sorkin did no such thing.

In his retort, Sorkin quipped, “Like 95% of the people I know, I don't have a visceral (look it up) problem eating meat or wearing a belt. But like absolutely everybody I know, I don't relish the idea of torturing animals. I don't enjoy the fact that they're dead and I certainly don't want to volunteer to be the one to kill them and if I were picked to be the one to kill them in some kind of Lottery-from-Hell, I wouldn't do a little dance of joy while I was slicing the animal apart… I'm able to make a distinction between you and me without feeling the least bit hypocritical. I don't watch snuff films and you make them. You weren't killing that animal for food or shelter or even fashion, you were killing it for fun. You enjoy killing animals.”

Mary Elizabeth Dallas is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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