I first heard about the tragedy in Tucson on Saturday morning via Twitter. It was shocking news, but at the time I didn’t have a computer nearby and since there were conflicting reports about whether Rep. Giffords had survived, I decided to wait until later in the evening to tune in and find out what had happened. I assumed it was an assassination attempt, maybe from the other side of the political spectrum, but most likely from someone who was just plain unbalanced.
Hours later, I went to my computer and checked Facebook and Tumblr. There, I didn’t find statuses and posts about what had happened or who had died, but rather, pictures of Sarah Palin’s now infamous map “targeting” Democrats and other various links about politicians using gun rhetoric. In the hours between my first hearing about it and my Facebook log-in, Sarah Palin’s name did not once cross my mind. But all of the hoopla surrounding the shooting got me thinking.