Have the Tucson shootings changed American politics?
A gunman charged with trying to assassinate a US congresswoman and the killing of six others has appeared in a federal courtroom in Arizona. Will the shooting change the tone of US political debate?
The shooting has turned the spotlight on the volatile, febrile state of American politics with commentators debating whether or not the increasingly violent rhetoric being used by politicians has contributed to an atmosphere where such an event could happen.
Some have said the situation would have been safer if more people on the scene had had guns, while the Arizona Citizens Defense League has called for members of Congress and their staff to receive firearms training.
Have the shootings changed American politics? Will it change the way in which politicians interact with voters? Do you think there will be a change in the language used by American politicians and political commentators?
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