You can say that shootings like the one Saturday in Arizona "begin and end with the criminals who commit them, not collectively with all the citizens of a state."
You can talk about the fact that Jared Loughner is mentally ill.
You can even bring up that old canard "Guns don't kill people. People kill people."
None of that will change the fact that Christina Green is dead.
That a little girl, a girl a lot like your daughters and mine, Sarah Palin, is dead before her 10th birthday.
It won't change the fact that she was killed with a gun. A gun that a mentally ill man was legally able to buy. A gun that has no purpose save to kill human beings at close range. A gun that he was able to equip with ammunition bought in Walmart, probably right down the aisle from where Christina Green's parents might have bought her a bicycle or a new bathing suit.
A gun that he was able to carry, concealed, and walk right up to that supermarket in Tuscon.
The citizens of a state, of a country, may not be individually responsible for the acts of their fellow citizens. But we are collectively responsible for the laws that govern our fellow citizens.
Attempting to say anything else is monumental hypocrisy.
And it's desecrating the memory of Christina Green.