Palin Didn't Do It

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Jan. 12 2011 5:08 PM

Palin Didn't Do It

As Drudge likes to say, SHOCK POLL reveals that Americans don't blame conservatives for Tucson.

A 53% majority of those surveyed call that analysis mostly an attempt to use the tragedy to make conservatives look bad. About a third, 35%, say it is a legitimate point about how dangerous language can be.

And there is little sense that stricter gun control laws in Arizona might have averted the tragedy. Only one in five say they would have prevented the shooting; 72% say tighter controls wouldn't have prevented it.

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Only one in five! The sympathy for the "no stopping a crazy person" argument runs deep.

 

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.