No, it's exactly the time. Get this ridiculous idea out of your head that when something happens blaming the person who's fault it was is opportunism.
Fact is there are always mental people, and what is irresponsible is distributing this venomous bile (*), it's like shouting fire in a crowed theatre.
She's still a bit of a joke though.
(*)with deadly weapons used as analogues and opponents labelled as traitors...jesus wept
You are absolutely right. Blame the person at fault, Jared Loughner. Do you have some information that all the rest of us have missed? Because there is no report by any media outlet connecting Loughner to Palin or the Tea Party or Republicans or conservatives. Have you read anything about him at all? He has a paranoid hatred of government and he doesn't take sides. He thinks 9/11 was an inside job by the Bush government. I assume you know that Democrats also used similar "targets on a map" imagery. What's the big deal? Of course they're going to target the States held be their opponents. How should they communicate that on a map? With a smiley face?
I now agree that we can't say this person did it because they were a Palin fan, they weren't. However violent rhetoric is still nasty and dangerous. It did contribute to a guy running into Unitarian church two years ago, to "kill liberals" (it's somewhere in "chariots of iron") and it's still the case that political hatemongering creates a bad environment, one from which a person of any political persuasion or affiliation can get the idea you can use violence in the political arena.
Also if the republican right didn't exist maybe you could have some state care and over-site of people who are clearly mental.
Read what is being reported about his time at the college. He was deranged, dangerous and delusional. It had NOTHING to do with Palin!!! He was paranoid about government and had a grudge against Giffords going back to 2007 when he asked her an idiotic question "What's government if words don't have meaning?" and she obviously didn't have an answer.
Was Palin's website in bad taste? Of course. Personally to me, the website graphic is much less offensive than her words "Don't retreat, reload". I'm not sure you're going to find many people here that would support that idiot, but don't blame her for this. As atheists, we tend to evaluate evidence and not rush to judgment. There is no evidence yet available that suggests he was even aware of Sarah Palin's website, let alone inspired by it. If that changes, then let's discuss it at that point.
sorry, but we can't honestly pin this to Palin, as much as we would like to. There is no evidence that we can draw from Loughner to Palin or the right wing media.
What is more plausible, that Loughner chose Gifford because of Palins "target" or that Gifford lived in Tucson, which is also where Loughner lives?