As I noted in a comment yesterday, heated rhetoric, partisan politics, Sarah Palin, DailyKos, video games, music, MSNBC, FOX News, Rush Limbaugh, you and I are not responsible for the attempted assassination of Representative Giffords or the deaths of anyone in Arizona. The only person to blame is the shooter and any accomplices in his crime.
We can even ask questions, what did police know about him, where were his parents, what warning signs should we consider and how do we deal with them? Yet even his parents, the police, his schools, his friends, unless possessed with tangible evidence of his true danger or advanced knowledge of his crime, are not to blame. Disturbed or not, the shooter alone is accountable and must face justice.
Our society only loses when we treat criminals and murderers as the true victims and let others take accountability for their actions.