Rep. Silvestre Reyes Responds To AZ Shooting

Rep. Silvestre Reyes Responds To AZ Shooting
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POSTED: Saturday, January 8, 2011 - 8:57pm

UPDATED: Monday, January 10, 2011 - 7:27pm

EL PASO - Tonight El Paso Congressman Silvestre Reyes has released a statement in response to a shooting in Arizona.

This morning Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head by a gunman who also killed six people, including a 9-year old child and a Federal Judge.

Below is the statement from Representative Reyes:

"I am shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic act of violence in Tucson that has claimed the lives of several victims, including Chief Judge John Roll, and has left Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords fighting for her life. Carolina and I are praying for Gabby, her staff, and all those affected by this national tragedy. I ask all El Pasoans to keep Congresswoman Giffords, and all of today's victims, and their families in their prayers.

"Congresswoman Giffords is an outspoken and hard-working public servant, and I have had the privilege of working with her on issues important to the border region. Gabby is a fellow colleague on the House Armed Services Committee and the Congressional Border Caucus. She is a tireless advocate for our region.

"Acts of violence against our government representatives undermines our democracy, and I hope justice is served to those responsible for this senseless and cowardly act."

STORY ON THE SHOOTING:

TUCSON, AZ - Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is in critical condition after being shot in the head at a political event Saturday morning in Tucson.

Giffords was holding a meet and greet with constituents when a gunman opening fire, shooting Giffords at close range. At least four people, and as many as a dozen were shot. Giffords was taken to a local hospital where she underwent surgery. Law Enforcement officials are reporting the gunman has been taken into custody.

Giffords, a 40-year-old Democrat, won Arizona's 8th District Congressional seat in 2006 by defeating Republican Randy Graf. She was elected to a third term this past November. Prior to serving in Washington, Giffords had served in both the Arizona State House and Senate.

Giffords is married to Mark Kelly, a NASA Astronaut and former Navy Pilot.

Among the dead include Federal Chief Judge John Roll and a 9-year-old girl.

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This Killing is a real tragic, acks of violence are all over. That's why we have the right to self defence. All law abiding gun owners we be blaimed for this and want to take away are rights to protect ourselves. This guy who did this is a murderer not a "shooter" as claimed by the media and others who want to blame the guns that alot of us own by the bill of rights and carry for our self protection. Citizens who are armed stop thousands if not more crimes per year.

The young man who did the killings apparently was mentally ill. Who was his doctor and was the doctor aware that his patient was profoundly disturbed?

This shooting is a result of all the anti-government propaganda spoken and written by people like S. Palin, Limbaugh, Beck, and others. What you sow you shall reap. What do they think is going to happen when a crazy person hears what these people are saying? Now they are backing off and are horrified by what happened. They make me sick!

Your comments are very similar to what Loughner spewed in his hate messages on Facebook. Have you been in communication with him? Those that know Loughner describe him as a pot-head leftist loon. If he was listening to anyone he was listening to Pelosi and Reid. That should make you sick.

You forgot to blame Bush.

I couldn't agree more, I hope this tragic incident will make the hate mongers in Texas think twice.

Orion, do your homework. according to reports, this guy was reading things like the Communist Manifesto and was burning the American flag, which isn't exactly tolerated by right-wingers. if anything, he is a Leftist, but more importantly, he is a nutjob, so keep your ignorant assumptions to yourself.

Yeah, you are sick alright. You want to blame free speech for the acts of one deranged individual? And - seems to me you forgot Alan Sharpton, the Southern Poverty Law Canter, and other liberal extremists and their mouthpieces in your rantings about "propanganda". They are the ones wo demonize everyone who doesn't agree with their socialist agenda. Yet, they are always claiming the mantra of political correctness. That's what makes ME sick.

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords your in ours prayers May God Heal you. Pray for a speedy recovery.

Ed Fleming

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