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Expressing Sense of House Regarding Arizona Shooting

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. QUAYLE. I thank the gentleman from Arizona for yielding.

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of House Resolution 32 and to honor the victims of the senseless act of violence that took place in Tucson on Saturday. All Arizonans and all Americans mourn the six souls that lost their lives. They will never be forgotten.

They were model citizens, actively engaged in their community and with their government, just chatting with their Representative on a Saturday morning.

Mr. Speaker, peaceful discourse and participation is a precious part of our society and one of the things that makes our country great. We must not allow an act of violence to inhibit the free exchange of thoughts and concerns.

The six that lost their lives died because they loved America. They wanted to be involved in the process. In recent days, we have heard their inspiring stories from family and friends. We shouldn't have to wonder what the future had in store for them. They are the friends, neighbors, and colleagues that our communities depend upon.

Mr. Speaker, we pray for our friend and colleague, Congresswoman GABBY GIFFORDS. That she survived her wounds is a miracle but no surprise to those who know her and admire her spirit, determination, and conviction.

Congresswoman Giffords was attacked while doing her job to the best of her ability. She wasn't in an ornate congressional hearing room or on the floor of the House. She was back home on the sidewalk of a supermarket listening to the concerns of her constituents. That too, Mr. Speaker, is what makes this country great. That, too, must never change.

In our great State of Arizona, there is much to mourn after Saturday's tragedy. But make no mistake, there are also many things that elicit great pride.

We are proud of the brave civilian and professional first responders whose quick response time and decisive actions prevented more loss of life and greater injury. We are proud of the amazing work performed by the surgeons and the medical teams at the University of Arizona Medical Center, whose skill and expertise shined during trying times.

And above all, Mr. Speaker, we are proud of the six who perished and of Congresswoman Giffords, all of whom were simply doing their duty as good Americans: they as active citizens and she as their worthy Representative.

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