An acquaintance of Loughner's, Caitie Parker, who said she was in school and in a band with him, described him on Twitter as "more libertarian & definitely socially liberal."
Conservative activists are lashing out against what they consider unfair treatment of Palin in this tragedy. On twitter, SarahPac spokesperson Mansour wrote, "Politicizing this is repulsive."
Conservative activist Andrew Breitbart, wrote, "Of those who're now using this tragedy 4 political purposes, what's your proof of this lunatic's motivation? Isn't that majorly relevant?"
And another tweeted, "Left blamed Palin b4 they knew 1st thing about shooter; unable to admit malice, they double down, co-ordinate narrative. Grotesque."
Another statement being retweeted by conservatives is this one, noting that even President Obama has used the language of armed conflict in politics. "The instigator for AZ massacre? Obama: 'If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun," and linking to comments that then-Senator Obama made during Democratic primaries.
One thing is clear, Palin, who has been at the center of so much of the political discourse and discussion the last two years, is right back in the center, you might even say the crosshairs, whether she wants to be there or not.