President Obama and elected officials offer their condolences and speak on the issues surrounding the horrible incident.
By Brian W. Carter, Sentinel Staff Writer
On Saturday, Jan. 8, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was shot in the head along with several other bystanders at a event outside a grocery store in Tucson, Arizona. As a result of the shooting, 14 people were injured and six people died from their injuries. Giffords still remains in critical condition.
"No change," Michael Lemole, chief of neurosurgery at University Medical Center in Tucson, told NBC's "Today" show after Giffords's daily CT scan. "And, as frustrating as that may sound, that's a good thing."
In response to this tragedy, President Obama and many elected officials have sent their condolences and spoken about addressing future acts of violence.
President Obama gave this statement about the Tucson shooting:
"This morning, in an unspeakable tragedy, a number of Americans were shot in Tucson, Arizona, at a constituent meeting with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. And while we are continuing to receive information, we know that some have passed away, and that Representative Giffords is gravely wounded.
"We do not yet have all the answers. What we do know is that such a senseless and terrible act of violence has no place in a free society. I ask all Americans to join me and Michelle in keeping Representative Giffords, the victims of this tragedy, and their families in our prayers."
"I know that I am considered to be a bit more confrontational and outspoken," said Representative Maxine Waters, Democrat of California, "and I've lived with that all of my life, that my political philosophy, and my willingness to speak up, and speaking out kind of creates risk and some danger. I accept that as part of my job."
Congresswoman Karen Bass released the following statement today after learning that Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and others were shot in Tucson, AZ:
"It is with the deepest feelings of sorrow and sadness that I learned of the horrific act of violence which was committed against Congresswoman Giffords and other innocent people in Arizona today. There are neither words nor sentiments that can fully capture the horror of this moment. It is a national tragedy for the country, and a personal tragedy for the Giffords family, her constituents and supporters. My thoughts and prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords, her husband Captain Mark Kelly, their family and staff. This is a sad day for us all."
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa issued the following statement on the shooting involving Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, members of her staff and others:
"Today is a very sad day for all those who have devoted their lives to public service, regardless of affiliation or ideology. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is a tenacious fighter who has served the 8th District of Arizona with the same courage and strength she is demonstrating today.
My thoughts and prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords' family and staff members and I wish her a speedy and full recovery. My heart goes out to the families of all the victims of this senseless act of violence."
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) spoke about the incident at a press conference today in Riverside about the shooting in Arizona.
"Like many Americans, I have been deeply affected by political assassinations in my lifetime - John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr. - three figures who inspired me. And it took years and years and years - maybe 15 or 20 years - before I could even look at images of those horrible events, images that will never fade from memory.
"We should take this moment to try to become a better nation; we should take this moment to try to make our communities better; we should take this moment - each of us - to try to become better human beings more conscious of the impact our lives, our deeds and our words have on others."