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Expressing Sense Of House Regarding Arizona Shooting

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. LANCE. Madam Speaker, I rise today in support of this resolution.

We come together to extend our thoughts and prayers to those who were killed and to those who were wounded during the horrific attack in Tucson on Saturday.

As we gather in the people's House, we pray for the recovery of our colleague, Representative Giffords, and the others who were wounded, including those who serve the public in the Congresswoman's office. We mourn the loss of Judge Roll; Gabriel Zimmerman; the 9-year-old girl, Christina Taylor Green; and the others who were senselessly killed that terrible morning.

While the horrific events in Tucson provide a stark reminder of the fragility of human life, we are also reminded that we meet on the floor of the House of Representatives in what Franklin Roosevelt, and more recently George W. Bush, have called ``the warm courage of national unity.'' We have heard the inspiring stories of those whose selflessness protected the lives of others.

Violence has no place in the life of the American Nation. This tragedy will strengthen, not weaken, our resolve to serve the true principles of democracy.

May God bless those who are fighting for their lives as a result of this attack, and may the souls of those who were lost be received in His loving embrace.


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