“I join the rest of the nation in expressing shock and dismay at the senseless shooting attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and members of her staff. This unspeakable tragedy, which occurred while public servants held a community meeting with constituents, was a gutless act of violence.
We can never allow such a despicable act to deter us--public servants--from doing the people’s work. It’s not the American way. Now, we must pull together as a nation and as a people to pray for a full recovery for Congresswoman Giffords, her staff, their families and all who were impacted by the shooting.
I also call upon all of the residents of the District of Columbia to join me in extending prayers and thoughts to the families of Chief U.S. District Judge John Rolls and the others killed in today’s tragedy.”