Sarah Palin, the GOP, and the National Rifle Association fired back at those drawing any connection between the recent Arizona shooting rampage and her use of gun crosshairs on a map targeting U.S. Representatives up for re-election.
A new posting on her Facebook page reads, "It's unbelievable to me that anyone could possibly link the crosshair images I used with the recent assassination attempt on Congresswoman Giffords. I mean if I had used smiley faces instead, would that have made a difference?"
GOP spokesman Tom Forsale, during a heated interview on FOX News said, "it's disgusting to think there are people out there who would take advantage of this national tragedy for political points. C'mon! Pictures of crosshairs and assassination attempts? There's no possible link. I just don't get it, and neither do the American people. It's ridiculous."
Executive Vice-President of the National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre, backed up Palin's posting. "This is a flagrant attempt by the anti-gun lobby to associate crosshairs with violence," he said. "Crosshairs have always been our portal to another world. Through crosshairs we see life and liberty more clearly, bringing into focus our shared vision of the future. Sarah understands that, and we stand beside her locked and loaded."