This is a real statement by Congresswoman Giffords, made last March:
I don’t place this at Palin’s door, not yet and never wholly. Still, Palin’s Facebook statement after the shooting (this might also have been released elsewhere) could have included something more explicit decrying violence against politicians or politically inspired violence:
My sincere condolences are offered to the family of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the other victims of today’s tragic shooting in Arizona. On behalf of Todd and my family, we all pray for the victims and their families, and for peace and justice.
It’s lame, lame, lame. Since she’s been associated in people’s minds with the tragedy, it might have been appropriate to add, “Such crimes, and such violent attacks on public figures, can never be justified, and I condemn them in the strongest possible terms.”
Compare what Palin said with Obama’s statement after the shooting:
This morning, in an unspeakable tragedy, a number of Americans were shot in Tucson, Arizona, at a constituent meeting with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. And while we are continuing to receive information, we know that some have passed away, and that Representative Giffords is gravely wounded.
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.