(Telegraph.UK) Sheriff Clarence Dupnik's claim that Arizona has become a 'Mecca for prejudice and bigotry', and that political 'vitirol' may have pushed the Safeway shooter over the edge, has sparked a national debate.
It is not yet clear why a gunman, believed to be 22-year-old Jared Loughner, went on a terrifying rampage in Arizona Saturday, killing six people and wounding a further 12.
But whatever his reasons, the local sheriff - who is coordinating the investigation with the FBI - believes it is time for America to do some soul-searching.
"For Sarah Palin To Say We Have Gabby Giffords In Our Crosshairs Is Totally Irresponsible!" Sheriff Dupnik.