[T]his is a situation where … people … really need to realize that the rhetoric and firing people up and, you know, even things, for example, we’re on Sarah Palin’s targeted list. But the thing is that the way that she has it depicted has the crosshairs of a gunsight over our district.
When people do that, they’ve gotta realize there’s consequences to that action.
When you look at these examples [from the left and the right] around the country which really try to incite people and inflame emotions…. You’re going to have … extremes on both sides…, and that’s where leaders have to come together and say….
—– Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, March 25, 2010
And after leaders “say” whatever it is they are going to say, then what?
Update: Here’s one leader (Pima County Arizona Sheriff Clarence Dupnik) talking. Some thought leading at about the 1:30 mark in the video: