What I remember is that the press examined the issue of whether politicians who used suggestive language to promote anger were actually helping motivate shooters who were on the edge of doing something violent, like the shooting at Newton. There were not really any definite allegations implying that Palin was completely guilty for doing causing the attack on Gifford and others. And as I told you, my opinion about the cross-hairs controversy is that too many democrats freaked out over it and thus made a mountain out of a molehill. But since you now insist that Democrats with an earnest desire to improve gun regulations, so that less insane shooters could actually purchase them, its you who are trying to politicize this issue for partisan purposes, you are the person who insists on distorting this issue by insisting that Obama was only trying to take advantage of grieving parents. The truth is that their attendance was not mandatory because they honestly wanted to prevent another tragedy like this from happening to others.
It's true that Democrats are usually the party that promotes gun regulations, but in this case Senator Toomey (a principled republican) who tried to craft the legislation in as non-intrusive and non-restrictive way possible, couldn’t believe that it ultimately failed by only a few votes, when not reaching the important 60 vote threshold. But if the votes were tallied as part of an up or down count, those who supported the bill would have won with 57 votes.
I could not find the editorial in the NYTs that you mentioned, even after including search words like Sarah Palin, Gabby Giffords, and shooter, so could you please provide me with a link so I can examine it personally. In the meantime here is a link to another relevant Times story:
"Criminals do not submit to background checks now," said Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa. "They will…www.nytimes.com
Here is a pertinent quote form it:
“The bipartisan measure, which had appeared to have a strong chance of passage, received 55 votes before Mr. Reid changed his vote to “no” to preserve the parliamentary right to bring the measure up again. Four Republicans voted “yes”: Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania, a co-author of the legislation; John McCain of Arizona; Mark Steven Kirk of Illinois; and Susan Collins of Maine. An equal number of Democrats voted “no”: Mark Begich of Alaska, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Max Baucus of Montana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. All are from states that Mr. Obama lost by wide margins last fall, and all but Ms. Heitkamp face difficult re-election campaigns in 2014.”