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?
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?
sure we can, but that is a much different accusation than blaming her for inciting politically motivated murder.