Congressman Emanuel Cleaver released the following statement on the shooting incident involving Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords:
"I am shocked and devastated by the tragic events of this day. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is not only a colleague but a good friend, and our thoughts and prayers are with her staff and her family during this horrific time.
Even though we do not have all the answers yet, we are all too familiar with the violent and polarizing climate in which we live. There is no place in American society for such senseless and terrible acts of extreme violence. Those of us in leadership must be overly cautious of fanning the flames of extremism in hopes to prevent another horrendous tragedy such as this.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of all those injured today."