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Expressing Sense of House Regarding Arizona Shooting

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. GRIFFIN of Arkansas. I thank the gentleman for yielding me time.

Madam Speaker, I rise today in memory of the victims and in support of my colleague from Arizona, her staff, the loved ones of the victims, and those who bravely and skillfully responded to the attack.

My freshmen colleagues and I have only been here for a few short days, but in Representative Giffords we see the temperament and dedication needed to be good representatives of the people. She embodies these qualities and is an example for everyone here in the people's House.

Let us not forget the personal side of this tragedy. Those lost include two dedicated public servants, a devoted great-grandmother and a loving wife, a heroic husband whose last action was protecting his wife, and a 9-year-old interested in public service. They will all be missed.

In the wake of this tragedy, we find solace and we find power in prayer. My prayers are for the families of the victims, for the speedy recovery of Congresswoman Giffords and all others who were wounded. I pray for law enforcement investigating this cowardly attack. I pray for the medical workers, that their work heals those who have been injured. I pray for this House, its leaders, fellow Members and their staffs. And I pray for our country, asking God for His blessings during this time of grief.

This attack hits each of us in a personal way, but we must resolve to move forward, representing the men and women who sent us here to do our Nation's work.

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