Palin Offers Condolences After Arizona Shooting
McCain says Gabrielle Giffords' shooter is disgrace to the human race
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2011 4:19 PM CST
Sarah Palin in a December file photo.   (AP Photo/Virginia Postic, File)

(Newser) – Sarah Palin, who's been taking flak because of a SarahPac map that put Gabrielle Giffords' district in its crosshairs (literally), issued a quick Facebook statement today offering "sincere condolences" to Giffords' family after the Arizona shooting. "On behalf of Todd and my family, we all pray for the victims and their families, and for peace and justice," she wrote.

Other notable statements:

  • President Obama: "We do not yet have all the answers. What we do know is that such a senseless and terrible act of violence has no place in a free society. I ask all Americans to join me and Michelle in keeping Representative Giffords, the victims of this tragedy, and their families in our prayers."
  • John McCain: "Whoever did this; whatever their reason, they are a disgrace to Arizona, this country and the human race, and they deserve and will receive the contempt of all decent people and the strongest punishment of the law."