The shooting rampage in Arizona seems to have created a moment of reflection about confrontational politics.
In the last two days, the media and members of Congress have reflected on the repercussions of the overheated rhetoric traded on the airwaves and on the campaign trail.
Members of both parties called this weekend for civility over belligerence. Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik has gotten both praise and criticism for his words in the aftermath of the tragedy.
"When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous," the sheriff said. "And unfortunately, Arizona, I think, has become sort of the capital. We have become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry."
Dupnik's critics argue that Jared Loughner, the suspected shooter, is a "madman" and that politics had nothing to do with the shooting.
In your opinion, how much did confrontational politics play a role in the Arizona shooting?