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IQ: Dazed and confused 

While the perpetrator's motive may stem from personal demons, it's important to explore how we can prevent more events like Saturday's shooting in Arizona, which killed six and sent a congresswoman into intensive care.

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Norma Jean Parker
Old Colorado City

Chocolate maker

What do you think the shooting in Tucson says about U.S. politics? I think that says something about the age we live in, the way our country's run. We're so angry.

How do you suggest politicians protect themselves from incidents like this? I really don't know. [Tucson's] the last place in the world you'd expect that to happen ... the child and the elderly lady, what did they ever do to anybody?

Do you think heated political rhetoric can tip someone over the edge? I think basically he went after a public figure to get more attention.

What do you think about the media's reaction? I think the more you play something up like that, the more it's apt to happen. But then again, if you ignore it, who's to say it won't happen again, too?

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Marilyn Freeman
South

Old Colorado City Associates employee

Do you think heated political rhetoric can tip someone over the edge? Oh sure, it could if they already have a personal bent towards a political feeling. I don't think that should influence politicians' political position. It's part of being a public figure. There are risks; it's really unfortunate.

Do you feel Colorado politics are volatile? I don't.

What do you think about the media's reaction? There's been an awful lot of coverage on it. I think that people are trying to attach a political figure to the event, and I don't think that's valid.

What role do you think gun control laws play in situations like this? I believe that if he wanted to act out and go buy 200 rounds of ammunition, he could find it whether it was legal or not.

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Jonas McClegghev
Downtown

Dessert chef

What do you think the shooting in Tucson says about U.S. politics? I don't really think it says much about U.S. politics, like specifically. I think it's more just about people.

How do you suggest politicians protect themselves from incidences like this? Probably carry a gun or just be careful where they go.

Do you think heated political rhetoric can tip someone over the edge? I'm not really informed. I can't really read and I don't have a TV.

Do you feel Colorado politics are volatile? Really, I try not to involve myself in that kind of stuff.

Could something like this happen in Colorado Springs? Definitely.

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