By Margaret Lyons
January 11, 2011 at 06:57 PM EST

As the nation continues to reel from Saturday’s massacre and attempted assassination in Arizona, celebrities and commentators have of course been discussing the tragedy.

++ The women of The View weighed in yesterday morning. “Is this what happens because we’ve become so vitriolic?” wondered Whoopi Goldberg. “This is a deranged young man,” Barbara Walters responded. “We don’t know what his motives are. We can hope the vitriol calms down, but to blame Sarah Palin is very unfair to her.”

++ Last night on The Daily Show, a somber Jon Stewart delivered a moving nine-minute monologue that veered from sarcastic to profoundly sad, but also hopeful and reflective: “Did the toxic political environment cause this?… I have no f—ing idea. We live in a complex ecosystem of influences and motivations. … Boy, it would be nice to draw a straight line of causation from this horror to something tangible — then we could convince ourselves that if we just stop this, the horrors will end; to have the feeling, however fleeting, that this kind of event can be prevented. For ever.”

(For more on last night’s Daily Show, read Ken Tucker’s full reaction.)

++ Gwyneth Paltrow, a distant cousin of Gabrielle Giffords, released a statement saying “Although I have never had the pleasure of meeting Congresswoman Giffords, my thoughts and prayers are with her and her family as well as the other victims of this horrible act of senseless violence.” [CNN]

++ Sophia Bush, a second cousin of 9-year-old victim Christina Green, spoke of the aftermath last night on Chelsea Lately. “Life is incredibly short,” Bush said.

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