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Expressing Sense of House Regarding Arizona Shooting

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. SIRES. Madam Speaker, I rise today in honor of Congresswoman GABRIELLE GIFFORDS, her staff, and all the victims of the Tucson tragedy.

On January 8, Representative GIFFORDS was hosting an event to simply engage with her constituents. At that event, a man fired shots at the Congresswoman, her staff, and the assembled crowd.

Due to this senseless act, six people are dead and fourteen others are injured, including the Congresswoman, who remains in critical condition.

I have had the pleasure to serve on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs with Congresswoman GIFFORDS, and it has been nothing less than an honor to work with her. Her passion and commitment to her constituents and her country is unyielding, and she has always approached her work in Congress with the attention and respect that it deserves. I was shocked and saddened to hear of this attack.

On Saturday morning, six people attended an event held by their local representative, and for this, they lost their lives. In a democratic country that symbolizes hope and freedom for so many, it is difficult to witness and impossible to understand this hateful act.

My thoughts and prayers, along with those of all Americans, go out to the Giffords' family, the families of the Congresswoman's staff, and all those impacted by this tragedy.

I would also like to thank that day's heroes for their quick reactions that undoubtedly saved many lives. The actions of these individuals and the outpouring of support from around the country give us all strength during this difficult time.


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