In January 2011, a shooting in Tucson, Arizona, left six dead and 14 injured, including Democratic representative Gabrielle Giffords. A number of left-wing representatives accused the Tea Party, notably Sarah Palin, of having created a violent political climate that encouraged the shooter to take action.

In March 2010, Sarah Palin posted an electoral map of seats to be captured. Some ten elected Democrats who had voted in favour of health care reform, including Gabrielle Giffords, were graphically portrayed as being in the crosshairs of a rifle.

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