Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has hit out at American commentators 'irresponsibly accurate' attribution of blame for the Arizona shootings by suggesting they were displaying the kind of 'damn fine shot' that was sadly lacking during the grocery store attack.
Her rivals believe her graphic deployment of phrases such as 'cross-hairs' may encourage politically motivated attacks from those people so young they would normally reserve their gun based fury for a room full of unsuspecting classmates.
Ms Palin, the thinking mans idiot, dismissed all association with the events that left several people dead, intimating her critics were unfairly reaching for their holsters before she had had the chance to reload.
'My critics, they're just picking me off. Point blank.'
'It's as if I'm wearing antlers or something.'
'But they have no reason to offload on me. None at all. That's why I called it 'point blank,' they have a blank in the point column, not incite further violence.'
'Now, all of sudden, I'm the poster girl for all this Arizona stuff.'
'If there is anyone that's the victim here then you're looking at her right here.'
Palin then went on to draw in chalk on the floor the outline of a body to represent how she feels about her current plight.
'My reputation is not just ruined politically but personally. I mean, think about it.'
'I wouldn't want to be associated with such a piss poor effort as was offered by that Jared Loughner kid.'
'He walked away. He didn't even shoot himself. It was an embarrassing performance.'