The Saturday morning massacre in a Tucson strip mall parking lot has left many of us searching for answers. The shooting claimed the life of a federal judge, a 9-year-old girl trying to observe our nation’s political process and four others who were attending the meeting.

Thirteen people, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who had called the corner chat meeting, were wounded. She remained in critical condition Sunday in a Tucson hospital.

The suspect in the case has been described as “mentally unstable” who ranted about the poor literacy level of his community and had expressed frustration with his government. Social media postings painted the picture of a troubled young man.

We hope the shooting was the work of one deranged person. Sunday morning television pundits pointed to the hate-filled dialogue that fills the airways and is posted anonymously on the Internet as a possible reason for the man’s actions.

We’ll reserve judgment until the facts are known. It is true, however, that we have become more fractured and divisive in our views and it often doesn’t take much to push someone over the edge.

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