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On Monday’s (Jan. 10) “The View,” the ladies Hot Topic was the horrific shooting in Tucson, AZ hat happened over the weekend. Here is what they had to say.

Barbara Walters: “I’m feeling bad for Sarah Palin because I don’t think that’s what she should have said, and certainly crosshairs are very scary. This is a deranged young man. This is a Timothy McVeigh. Whether this happened because there is violence – too much commentary, too much violence as you say we’ve talked about. Sometimes we do it here, we get so angry. Whether that speared him on or whether he is just a very sick person, we don’t know. We don’t know what his motives are and we can hope that all the vitriol calms down. But to blame Sarah Palin as some are doing I think is very unfair to her. She issued a statement offering her condolences and hasn’t said more. But I don’t think this is the time now to start finding – you should excuse me – other targets to blame.”

Whoopi Goldberg: “I want to point out Sarah Palin was one of several people who put crosshairs on this young lady.”

Elisabeth Hasselbeck: “It seemed extreme and almost inexcusable that crosshairs would be put over everybody, but because you put the crosshairs over someone or a district, does that in fact, if you are not the person behind the gun, are you to blame? Just the morning of the shooting, hours beore, the New York Post had this as its cover, crosshairs saying “Stop Him!” over Peyton Manning’s face. Now are they then to blame if God forbid anything were to happen to Peyton Manning?”

Sherri Shepherd
: “God forbid if anything were to happen to Peyton Manning, we would be holding this up going, “Why would you foolishly do something like this?” There were many people in addition to Sarah Palin, but you gotta say your words are powerful. Just because we have free speech and just because we can say certain things does not mean we should.”

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Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."