Village Idiots To protect and serve: "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. And unfortunately, Arizona I think has become sort of the capital. We have become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry." --Pima County, Arizona, Sheriff Clarence Dupnick, a Democrat, who has offered no evidence to support his theory

"[I]t used to be that politicians from different parties could sit down, forget about their ideology, and work on the country's problems. We don't see that happening today. As a matter of fact, we see exactly the opposite. We see one Party trying to block the attempts of another Party to make this a better country." --Sheriff Dupnick

Speaking of politicizing: "They [the White House] need to deftly pin this [Arizona shootings] on the tea partiers. Just like the Clinton White House deftly pinned the Oklahoma City bombing on the militia and anti-government people." --an anonymous "veteran Democratic operative"

Gun grabbers: "Sensible gun laws can save lives. Congress should move now to enact tougher restrictions on guns, ammunition, and who can legally possess them, and President Obama should help lead the way." --Paul Helmke, president of the Brady campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

It would be funny if it weren't so hypocritical: "No organisation anywhere in the world is a more devoted advocate of free speech than Wikileaks but when senior politicians and attention-seeking media commentators call for specific individuals or groups of people to be killed they should be charged with incitement -- to murder. Those who call for an act of murder deserve as significant share of the guilt as those raising a gun to pull the trigger." --WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

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