Bloggers' Reactions to the Tragedy in Tucson

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The shootings in Tucson on January 8 have left some of us speechless. Others, however, have used their blog space to talk about violent rhetoric, mental health, health care, community support, helping others understand and the general feeling of sadness and shock. We've been keeping an ear to the blogosphere to see what some of you are saying.

The following posts are in three different groups, but it should be noted that they represent a wide and (very) varied view of the events. Reading the lot of them in one sitting is not easy -- and, quite honestly, a bit overwhelming. However, each of them lends a special voice to the tragedy as we all try to make sense of what I think we can agree is an act of senseless violence.

And if you haven't yet, take BlogHer's poll on political discourse after the events in Tucson -- we want to hear what you think.

Signage forms part of a makeshift memorial as mourners observe a national moment of silence at 9 A.M. MDT two days after a young gunman shot and killed six people incuding U.S District Judge John Roll and critically wounded U.S Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Florence, Arizona on January 9, 2011.  The assassination attempt occurred near a northern Safeway in Tucson on January 8, 2011.    UPI/Gary C. Caskey Photo via Newscom

On Community Support

On Mental Health

On Violent Rhetoric in America

We also told you that BlogHer Ashleigh Burrows was shot three times on Saturday. Her daughter has updated the post she made after the announcement, letting us know her mom is doing well. It should be noted, however, that Ashleigh wrote about the political unrest in Tucson ten months ago. Her post, titled, "Something's coming," is enough to make the hair stand up on the back of your neck.

Have you written about the Tucson shootings? Please leave your link here. We'll try to update the lists, but encourage readers to click links in the comments as well in case we get behind.

Contributing Editor Jenna Hatfield (@FireMom) blogs at Stop, Drop and Blog and The Chronicles of Munchkin Land. She is a freelance writer and newspaper photographer.

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