Reactions to Arizona shootings
President Obama makes a statement on Saturday at the White House regarding the shooting in Arizona.
January 8th, 2011
05:03 PM ET

Reactions to Arizona shootings

Reaction to Saturday's shootings at a political event outside a Tucson, Arizona, grocery store that killed several people, including U.S. District Judge John Roll, and wounded a number of others, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, has come in from around the country. Here are some statements:

President Barack Obama

"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."

Vice President Joe Biden

Giffords is one of the "finest members of Congress I know."

"She has spent her time in office working her heart out to improve the lives of the people she represents. She loves her husband and family above all else."

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer

"All of Arizona is shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific tragedy that transpired this morning in Tucson.

"I have been in contact throughout the morning with law enforcement officials, as well as Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup, and just a short while ago I spoke personally with President Obama. The president conveyed his heartfelt sympathies for our state, and our shared determination to ensure that justice is fully served.

"I am just heartbroken. Gabby is more than just a colleague, she is my friend. She has always been a noble public servant. My thoughts and prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords and her family, the Congresswoman’s staff and their families, and well as the other victims of this senseless and cruel violence."

John Roberts, chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

"The violence in Arizona today has senselessly taken … lives and inflicted tragic loss on dedicated public servants and their families. We in the judiciary have suffered the terrible loss of one of our own. Chief Judge John Roll was a wise jurist who selflessly served Arizona and the nation with great distinction, as attorney and judge, for more than 35 years. I express my deepest condolences to his wife Maureen and his children, as well as the other victims and their families. Chief Judge Roll's death is a somber reminder of the importance of the rule of law and the sacrifices of those who work to secure it."

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

"Today's tragedy in Arizona was a senseless act of violence that has already resulted in devastating loss, including the death of Chief United States District Court Judge John Roll and four other individuals and the wounding of Representative Gabrielle Giffords and a number of others. All of those who were killed or injured and their families are in our thoughts and prayers.

"As the President said, FBI Director Mueller is traveling to Arizona to help coordinate the investigation. The FBI is working jointly with local law enforcement to investigate today’s events, and I have directed Department prosecutors and law enforcement officials to use every resource necessary to investigate this tragedy. I want to assure the people of Arizona and every American that we will hold accountable anyone responsible for these heinous acts."

Defense Secretary Robert Gates

"I am saddened to hear of the attack on Congresswoman Giffords and members of her staff earlier today in Tucson, Arizona. I have had an opportunity to interact with Congresswoman Giffords in her capacity as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, where she served on the Readiness and Air and Land Forces subcommittees. She is a strong supporter of America’s national defense, cares deeply about our men and women in uniform, and has pursued her oversight responsibilities with dedication. Our thoughts are also with her husband, Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, an aviator and astronaut of great distinction, as well as the families of the other victims of this attack. Ms. Giffords represents a new generation of principled and thoughtful political leaders that have come to Washington in recent years. We will miss her strong character and good judgment in the Congress during these important days ahead, and we are praying for her full recovery."

U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

"It is with the deepest sadness that we have received word of the attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, members of her staff, and her constituents. This terrible act of violence is a national tragedy, and today is a very sad day for our country.

"My prayers, and the prayers of all members of Congress, go out to her husband, Capt. Mark Kelly, their family, and to all of the staff and others who were victims of this horrible attack.

"Congresswoman Giffords is a brilliant and courageous member of Congress, bringing to Washington the views of a new generation of national leaders. It is especially tragic that she was attacked as she was meeting with her constituents whom she serves with such dedication and distinction."

Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, Democratic House whip

The attacks are "devastating" and "equally devastating to every American – to everyone who cares about our democracy."

"Congresswoman Giffords is a devoted and insightful public servant and a passionate advocate for her constituents-but more than that, she is my dear friend."

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio

"I am horrified by the senseless attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and members of her staff. An attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve. Acts and threats of violence against public officials have no place in our society. Our prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords, her staff, all who were injured, and their families. This is a sad day for our country."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada

Reid hopes "those responsible will be brought to justice quickly."

"As a representative of a neighboring state, I have watched her career closely and admired her work on behalf of the state of Arizona."

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky

"This senseless attack today in Tucson is a national tragedy, and all America mourns those who lost their lives in the very act of public service. I join the entire Congress in condemning this horrifying act of violence, and on behalf of the entire Senate family, Elaine and I extend our deepest expressions of sympathy and heartfelt prayers to Rep. Giffords and the families of those who have been killed or injured. The U.S. Capitol Police are joining local, state and federal officials in this investigation. We appreciate their quick response and stand ready to assist in their efforts."

Pia Carusone, Giffords' chief of staff

"An unthinkable tragedy occurred at our Congress On Your Corner event today in Tucson. Our community has lost beloved friends and colleagues, and many more are injured. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of them and to those who are suffering the loss of treasured friends and family members.

"Congresswoman Giffords is dedicated to serving the people of Southern Arizona. It was in this spirit that our office organized today's event. We will make further statements as details become available. We offer thanks to the law enforcement, first responders, and medical personnel who work to save lives and mend the injured."

Richard Carmona, former U.S. surgeon general

"I am deeply hurt and disturbed. Some of these people were my friends. The (congresswoman) I knew very well, I worked with her for many years. The judge I knew very well, I worked with him. And so this is a very painful time for all of us. ... Our hearts are bleeding right now, for them and for their families, and for the others that were injured. This is a terrible tragedy and one, in all my years as a trauma surgeon or as a deputy sheriff, I've never seen anything like this in a community like ours."

John Wesley Miller, friend of Giffords' family, at hospital

"She was responding to commands, we're optimistic."

"She's a wonderful, wonderful young lady. I love her like a daughter."

"It's such a shock to think that someone could want to harm such a beautiful person, inside and out. Gabby is just a treasure of Tucson and our community. She's done so much to help us, to help our economy, to help us learn how to utilize solar energy. She's pro-business, (and) I'm a Republican for Gabby Giffords, so I just love her."

"We're all praying for her. She won't give up; she's a fighter. She's a wonderful woman.

Dr. Matt Heinz, friend of Giffords, at the hospital

"I, along with, I think, all of Tucson and my state, we're all thinking and praying for Gabby right now. There are a lot of close friends and of closer family here, and we're hoping and we're praying."

U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona

“I am horrified by the violent attack on Representative Gabrielle Giffords and many other innocent people by a wicked person who has no sense of justice or compassion. I pray for Gabby and the other victims, and for the repose of the souls of the dead and comfort for their families. I beg our loving Creator to spare the lives of those who are still alive, heal them in body and spirit, and return them to their loved ones.

"Whoever did this, whatever their reason, they are a disgrace to Arizona, this country and the human race, and they deserve and will receive the contempt of all decent people and the strongest punishment of the law."

McCain, on the death of Judge John Roll:

"I am deeply saddened to hear that Chief Judge John Roll was killed today during the senseless act of violence against Congresswoman Giffords and other Arizonans. Words are inadequate to express such a profound loss to his family, friends, state and country, but it is appropriate to note that a man of great qualities and character was struck down today, and the wickedness of this atrocity, which included the murder of a small child, has broken the hearts of many and will be mourned for years to come. I am proud to have recommended Judge Roll to President Bush for the federal bench in 1991 and have been extremely proud of his work on the bench since then. I am most proud to have called him a friend. Judge Roll dedicated his life to public service and was admired by many for his integrity, kindness and love for the law, for the state of Arizona and our country. He began his career as a bailiff in the Pima County Superior Court and was at his death the Chief Judge for the District of Arizona since 2006. He distinguished himself in every office he held. He will be missed very much. Cindy and I are praying for his soul and for his beloved wife and children and the families of all the victims in this terrible moment of sorrow. Our state has lost a good man, a true and able advocate for justice for all and a great Arizonan. May God grant him perpetual peace.”

U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Arizona

Kyl called for "justice to be served fully and swiftly."

"I find it especially saddening that such a heinous crime would occur while she was fulfilling her congressional responsibilities."

Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer

"We at the Tea Party Express are shocked and saddened to hear about the terrible tragedy that took place in Tucson today. It is appalling that anyone would commit such unthinkable violence against Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford, her staff, a sitting federal judge and the many other victims and families impacted.

"These heinous crimes have no place in America, and they are especially grievous when committed against our elected officials. Spirited debate is desirable in our country, but it only should be the clash of ideas. An attack on anyone for political purposes, if that was a factor in this shooting, is an attack on the democratic process. We join with everyone in vociferously condemning it.

"Our thoughts and prayers will be with all those affected today as the details unfold.”

U.S. Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-California, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee

"I join the entire House Armed Service family in my shock and sadness at the tragic shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Just before the holidays, Gabby asked me to visit Fort Huachuca in her district, an example of both her bipartisan spirit and a reminder of her unwavering support for our men and women in uniform.

"We offer her, her family, her staff and the victims of this heinous crime our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Washington, House Armed Services Committee ranking member

"I am deeply saddened by the senseless attack on Congresswoman Giffords, her staff and others victims of the shooting.

"I have served with Congresswoman Giffords on the House Armed Services Committee for years, and she is a dear personal friend. She is an extraordinary member of Congress and an outstanding member of the House Armed Services Committee.

"Her commitment to her family, our nation and our troops is unparalleled. I have never served with a more principled, dedicated member of Congress.

"Her family, as well as the families of everyone involved in this tragedy, will be in my thoughts and prayers."

Arizona state House Democratic Leader Chad Campbell

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Congresswoman Giffords, her staffers, others and their families. This is a horrific and senseless act, and we are all praying and sending out our thoughts for the victims today."

Arizona state House Assistant Democratic Leader Steve Farley, written statement

"I am honored to count Gabby as a close friend and I know she has always fought for Arizonans and is beloved by her constituents and the people of Tucson. She is one of the brightest and best and we all know through our hopes and prayers that she will fight through this. This is a human tragedy and we are praying for all the other victims who are here with her."

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.

"Today's senseless and savage attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, her staff, and her constituents is an American tragedy. Congresswoman Giffords is known throughout Tucson and our nation's capital for her kindness, her considerable intellect, and her zest for life. Rep. Giffords is a trailblazer as the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. I am praying for her healthy and speedy recovery and the recovery of all those who are fighting for their lives. My thoughts are with her husband Mark and their family and all of the families of the men and women who were abhorrently attacked today as they were exercising democracy. The individual who perpetrated these attacks must face swift and certain justice."

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.

"This hateful crime is a tragedy beyond words. I had the privilege of first getting to know Gabrielle Giffords when we served together on the House Armed Services Committee. More than just a rising political star and phenomenal talent, she is an incredible person. It is an honor to be able to call her a close personal friend. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims and their families."

U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-New Jersey

“We are all shocked and saddened by the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and other innocent people today. Rep. Giffords was innocently pursuing her interest in serving the public when she was shot in this maniacal act. America must not tolerate violence or inflammatory rhetoric that incites political violence.”

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont

"This senseless and cowardly shooting occurred as the congresswoman and her constituents were engaged in the kind of event that makes our democracy work and represents America at its best. Anti-government sentiment carried to a violent and deadly extreme is a sad reflection of America at its worst. America is better than this."

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus

"I am shocked and devastated by the tragic events of this day. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is not only a colleague but a good friend, and the Congressional Black Caucus' thoughts and prayers are with her staff and her family during this horrific time.

"Even though we do not have all the answers yet, we are all too familiar with the violent and polarizing climate in which we live. There is no place in American society for such senseless and terrible acts of extreme violence. Those of us in leadership must be overly cautious of fanning the flames of extremism in hopes to prevent another horrendous tragedy such as this.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of all those injured today.”

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota

"My tears are flowing, and I am stunned and angered that Gabby Giffords was savagely gunned down while performing her congressional duties. I am praying for Gabby, and my thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy go out to her family, as well as the families of each of the victims.

"Gabby Giffords governed with integrity and wisdom. We came to Congress together and I had the privilege of knowing her as a friend and colleague.

"It is my hope and expectation that the coward who carried out this horrific act of violence will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I extend my hand of friendship to her family and staff and will keep them in my prayers."

U.S. Rep. Mike Ross, co-chairman of the Blue Dog Coalition

"It is with profound sadness that the members of the Blue Dog Coalition received the news of this terrible act of violence against Congresswoman and fellow Blue Dog Coalition member Giffords and members of her staff. She is not only an exceptional member of Congress who has dedicated her life to serving the people of Arizona, but a true friend to all of us who have the privilege of serving with her.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Gabby, her family and the members of her staff."

John Morton, Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

"On behalf of the men and women of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), I was deeply saddened to learn of the shooting attack that gravely injured Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and took the life of Chief Judge John Roll earlier today in Tucson, Arizona.

"Congresswoman Giffords has always been a valuable partner to ICE in our shared effort to serve the nation and we pray for her recovery. All of us at ICE condemn this senseless act of violence and join the American people in seeking justice for the victims of this horrific act."

Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee

"Today's senseless act of violence is an attack on the American ideal and goes against our country's deeply held democratic values."

Randy Pullen, Arizona GOP chairman

"Arizona's Republicans are deeply saddened and mortified by the horrific shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the other 11 victims at an event this morning in Tucson.

"Senseless acts of violence like these are shocking, disturbing and have no place in our country. The thoughts and prayers of all Arizonans are with the victims and families during this terrible tragedy in our state's history. We sincerely hope that the responsible party is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin

"My sincere condolences are offered to the family of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the other victims of today's tragic shooting in Arizona.

"On behalf of Todd and my family, we all pray for the victims and their families, and for peace and justice.

"I am deeply saddened by reports that Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Chief Judge John Roll and others were attacked this afternoon in Tucson, Arizona. There is no place in our society or discourse for such senseless and unconscionable acts of violence. Gabby is a steadfast representative for southern Arizona and both she and John are dedicated public servants.

"The Department of Homeland Security has offered all possible assistance to the FBI and the Pima County Sheriff’s Office, who are leading the investigation. My thoughts and prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords, her family and staff, and all those who were injured in this difficult time."

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich

"Please join us in praying for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and everyone shot in this tragic attack, as well as for their families."

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (via Twitter)

"Please join Janet and me in praying for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and all the victims of the tragic shooting in Arizona."

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (via Twitter)

"Today's horrifying shooting in Tucson shocks the conscience of decent Americans everywhere."
Rahm Emanuel, former White House chief of staff under President Obama
"What occurred today in Arizona is a senseless and horrific tragedy. Gabby is a friend, a former colleague, and a respected public servant who was doing what she loved most: meeting her constituents. She will be in Amy and my thoughts and prayers as she fights for her life, as will all of the victims."

The Rev. Al Sharpton

He called on churches to pray for the congresswoman and the families of those who were wounded or killed.
"In church services tomorrow, clergymen ought to address the senseless violence that has too often raised its head of late in the social and political discourse of this country."


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  1. Philip

    @ThomasD...I heard you and will discuss later friend. ////These post's remind me of dine-and-dash. Absolutely zero interaction. Fast-food mental posting mentality.

    January 8, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. what

    What a tragic and sad day for america and az.our elect officials may do things we dislike,but we can vote them out instead of this way.what society are we?may god bless all the victims and their families.my hurt goes out to the parents of the girl.

    January 8, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Toni

    it it weren't for the vitriol from those like Boehner & the Tea Partiers to inflame those on the edge then this might not have happened. We pray for those that lost loved ones & those who were injured.

    January 8, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Airikeli

    "The
    crossfire is intense, so penetrate through enemy territory by bombing
    through the press, and use your strong weapons - your Big Guns - to
    drive to the hole. Shoot with accuracy; aim high and remember it takes
    blood, sweat and tears to win," – Sarah Palin
    ...
    "Don't retreat, instead reload!" – Sarah Palin

    We need to realize that the rhetoric, and the firing people up and … for example, we’re on Sarah Palin’s ‘targeted’ list, but the thing is, the way she has it depicted, we’re in the cross-hairs of a gun sight over our district. When peopl...e do that, they’ve gotta realize that there are consequences to that action.”
    ~~U.S. Representative Gabrielle Gifford

    January 8, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Luis Teixeira

    WE KNOW NOW FOR A FACT THAT THE SHOTTER ACT BY POLITICAL DIFERENCES, AND FOR SURE WAS NOT FOR SUPPORT THE DEMOCRATS, SO IMMIGRATION, HEALTH AND ECONOMY, WAS THE RESULT OF THE INVESTIGATION AND HOW IS FEEDING THE HATE IN ARIZONA....BINGO THE REPUBLICANS....THANKS BREWER, AND MCAIN IS THE LESS THAT WE CAN EXPECT FROM YOU AND YOUR DECADENT PARTY...

    January 8, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • N Phx Az

      You ought to shut up!

      January 8, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • N Phx Az

      And I am a registered Independent.

      January 8, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sudable

    The Judge from my understanding lived around the corner and stopped by to hello to Giffords..Another words he was there at the wrong time.

    January 8, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    Stupidity is rampant. Sarah Palin had nothing to do with this crazy person killing people. You nuts that blame Mrs. Palin are crazy too. Just trash talk I guess.

    January 8, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • stevenation

      take a look a giffords response 11 months ago to palins site. Palin is an evil person who is also incompetent. she needs to be curbed- just like the t-baggers and gop. she IS culpable for this and hopefully it is the end of her 15 minutes. Anything that takes down the republican party is great in my book.... Im very tired of being a victim of government enforced slavery, irs/fed. We bHAVE to take our country BACK from the gop.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • JoeT

      Palin had *everything* to do with this, especially for literally painting a target on the district.

      January 10, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    I alway's get a kick out of citizens in Arizona wearing holstered handguns that aren't loaded. I ran into one feller while visiting the Superstion Mtns. east of Phoenix who was 'packing-heat', a 44 mag.,and asked him about it. He said the bad guy's didn't know the gun wasn't loaded. I replied 'what makes you think I'm a good guy'? I'll never forget the look on his face. Priceless.

    January 8, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Michael McNamee

    Sarah Palin my not have made her remarks intending the death of anyone, however, her words were irresponsible given the current political climate and the intense amount of idiots in this country. I pray that all of these families make it through this difficult time and when they are able, I pray they all file a class action lawsuit against Sarah Palin, Glen Beck, and Fox News for pumping the American public full of endless fear that their government is falling apart. If any normal citizen of these United States posted the same stuff Palin did they would certainly have been investigated by the F.B.I. immediately.

    January 8, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoeT

      I like the part where Palin was campaigning, and asked what we (Real Americans) should do about Obama, and someone in the crowd yelled, "Kill him!" Her reaction: she let it fly, and even smiled gently.

      January 10, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dave

    The tragedy here is that there are six people killed (including a federal judge) and one congresswoman (plus many others) gravely wounded. Was this caused by some right wing or left wing nut or just a true nut job? I guess we will find out in the end. CNN is reporting that the police are looking for a middle aged accomplice to this guy. Wonder what his religious or political affiliation is? Given the state of AZ politics today and the politics in the United States I am surprised that more of this is not happening. The hate mongers on both the far right and far left spew their vile speech and inflame people who are already on the edge. Those people see this as an excuse to do things like this. Expect more of this in the coming months and years if things don't change.

    January 8, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • N Phx Az

      Change?

      January 8, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    Hi Cesar...I kinda like Sarah, but her eyes...it's as if she's looking you square in the eye, only it's a rectangle. he he

    January 8, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chairmanbuzz

      I suppose that Rep. Boehner and his fellow representatives are not feeling very well about all this shooting and killing as is the family members of those shot down by this lunatic. They too must look over their shoulders at ever outing now. People snap and they realize that they are accountable not just in the Congress but in the minds of insane people across America. I would not want their jobs, its not worth the little power and the millions of their own dollars they spend to get it... and they have to sell their souls as well and be willing to take a bullet at any time without Secret Service protection.

      January 9, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Curran

      I'm surprised that the left wing lunatic with the low ratings on MSNBC.....can't think of his name.....the guy with the Groucho Marks eyebrows.....contributed to a pro gun advocate like Giffords.

      January 9, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trey Todd

      There is a book called "A Nation of Haters and Victims" that describes how the country has become so divided by language, rhetoric and misinformation. It is a short book but it has examples of "hate" in history and what we all can do to stop the craziness. This book came out right before the election and was also recommended on posts on NPR.

      January 10, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      Davey Curran, Are you that ignorant? Let me try to educate you, you moron. How does Olbermann even get mentioned here? This is the result of the nitwite of faux news. Which organization preaches the 2nd amendment. Now take your xanax, call in for your unemployment and let the people with education help you learn

      January 10, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan Ror

      The Communist/Socialist/Islamic politicians will try to blame this on conservatives but history shows it is the Communist/Socialist/Islamics who are the assassins of American politicians and citizens:
      9/11 3,000 Americans murdered by Islamic Muslims
      November 2009–Thirteen (13) service men and women shot to death by Muslim Major Hasan at Fort Hood, Texas
      John F. Kennedy-shot to death by Lee Harvey Oswald—an avowed Communist/Socialist
      Bobby Kennedy—shot to death by Sirhan Bishara Sirhan—a Palestinian immigrant–was strongly anti-Zionist.
      Richard Nixon—attempted assassination–Samuel Joseph Byck–had tried to join the Black Panthers.
      Gerald Ford—First attempted assassination-Lynette Fromme—A leader in the Charlie Manson cult which attempted to start a race war–Second attempted assassination attempt–Sara Jane Moore—a left wing nut
      Ronald Reagan–shot by John Warnock Hinckley, Jr.,–got off the attempted assassination with an insanity defense
      George H. W. Bush—Muslim attempt to assassinate Bush–Sixteen men, said to be in the employment of Saddam Hussein, smuggled a car bomb into Kuwait with the intent of killing Bush as he spoke at Kuwait University.
      Bill Clinton–Frank Eugene Corder—mental defective—killed himself when he crashed airplane he was flying into a tree rather than the White House
      George W. Bush—attempted assassination–Vladimir Arutyunian threw a live Soviet-made RGD-5 hand grenade towards the podium where Bush was standing

      This proves the liberal, left-wing Communist/Socialist/Islamics are the true murderers and it is their "control freak" philosophy of either controlling people or killing them that has caused these murderous outbreaks.
      This assassin who even shot to death a small child loved the Communist Manifesto and Hitler’s book on controlling the people. That gives us a very good picture of this liberal, left-wing nutcase.

      January 10, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dano

    This is very tragic. The left and the right as always are slinging mud.

    January 8, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • amyn duke

      Words have meanings and it would be completely hypocritical to assume that the rhetoric we've been hearing since the ascencion of the first black President in the country has no consequences.
      "Dont retreat. Reload your guns" , "take up arms to take our country back", and on and on and on.
      Take the health care reform. The republicans would admit that most of the provisions in the law are what they the republicans themselves have been proposing for years.
      But instead of saying that they would improve the parts of the bill that they find unhelpful, their rhetoric is repeal everything including even the oneswe like.
      These kind of irresponsible actions have consequences.Thanks to the internet, developing countries are seeing the progress that developed have made in their lives and are thirsty for same.Whiles these countries are working hard to catch up with the u.s and the west, all you see about the leadership and the media ( mainly 24 hour cable news networks and talk show radios) in the country is irresponsible party towing even if its to the detrement of the nation,
      Now we have the u.s. ranking 22th in sciences, among others, and no body seems to be worried.
      Who ever is a gentleman or woman who speaks softly but sensibly would not have free air time or have her words amplified by the media.
      Radio and t.v talk show hosts and now people aspiring for the highest office in the country have to be very vitriolic in their arguments to be able to get big fat checks from their "bosses".
      I always find it amusing when people in the media talk about the low approval ratings of congress and every one else except the polling about themselves.
      It is time for the media to serve its people right and not help speed up the degradation of this beautiful country.
      God bless the United States of America.

      January 9, 2011 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve Lyons

      If we dissolve the Federal government by popular vote then these people would not be in any danger. I say put the continuance of the federal government to a vote every few years and let the people decide if they WANT a federal government.

      January 9, 2011 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
    • PRussell

      We resolved the issue of whether or not we should have a federal government with a little action called the Civil War. It's a little late to keep rehashing it.

      January 9, 2011 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    @Dave...we only know for sure than he is an American. Had he been a known "al Qaeda operative" we would have been on 'terror alert red' by now. So since it was just an American terrorist...business as usual.

    January 8, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RWRistheAC

    Rupert Murdoch, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Bill O'reilly, Michelle Bachman, Sarah Palin...the venom from your mouths has once again turned to become the blood on your hands.

    January 8, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      I hope Lisa Murkowski beefs her security up. She has to be on Palin's hit list. She beat Palin fair and square when Palin let loose on getting her voted out of office.

      January 8, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • kthr

      How ridiculous to make this political, the shooter was a kid with mental problems for sure, this has nothing to do with the TP. Ignorant.

      January 9, 2011 at 4:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick B

      Don't forget Michael Moore, George Soros, Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, Tony Rezko, Rev. Wright, Bill Ayers, Paul Krugman, ETC, ETC, ETC, get your head out of your butt.

      January 9, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Modern Family

      The shooter was affiliated with a Tea Party group called American Renaissance. All of the people you mentioned have blood on their hands and it will NEVER wash off. Sarah Palin is as culpable as the man who pulled the trigger.

      January 9, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jorje

      According to people who knew the shooter, he was a leftist. Among his favourite books were the Communist Manifesto and Mein Kampf.

      So if anything, he was left-leaning.

      Stop making it about politics. He was crazy and unrepresentative of any political party.

      January 9, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • CT

      Hitler was a fascist. Fascists are associated with the right-wing. This guy was obsessed with DICTATORS. He killed a little girl. Palin, Moore, Ayers, Beck, Rush, none of them incited people to go kill children. The words used in politics by both parties are just metaphors used because politics is considered a battlefield. He shot a democratic rep, and a republican judge. I don't care what party he's a part of, I don't care if he's Christian, Muslin, Jewish, I don't care if he's mentally insane or normal, he needs to die for his crimes. Immediately; and yes, I'm a democrat.

      January 9, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Poor Grunt

      @ James:
      "Obama on ACORN Mobs" ummm . . . . ACORN now has "Mobs"?
      "Obama to His Mercenary Army". . . . "Mercenary Army" . . . eh?

      Can you provide something like a link to something that most people would call "Reality" for the above?

      January 9, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • SHARP NM

      "According to people who knew the shooter, he was a leftist. Among his favourite books were the Communist Manifesto and Mein Kampf.

      So if anything, he was left-leaning.

      Stop making it about politics. He was crazy and unrepresentative of any political party."

      Since when has Mein Kampf been a left leaning book??!!??
      As was stated earlier the shooter is associated with AmRen a known racist organization that has CLOSE ties to the Tea party (doubt me? go look at a site called Stormfront ,google is your friend as I will not post that filth of a site here, and then get back to me about that). I have infiltrated several Neo-Nazi groups in the past year and a half and I can tell you that the vast majority of US nazi's are die-hard tea-party supporters.

      January 9, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • laurien

      Rick B–Cite your sources. I want to see where you claim those people incited violence in anything they EVER said. You are spreading misinformation. And you know it.

      January 9, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Derek

      I would like express my sorrow about the tragedy in Tuscon yesterday and hope this might lead to some greater civility in American politics. Even if this individual wasn't politically motivated, it seems to have gotten people to discuss what kind of rhetoric we have been using and perhaps tempering it.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • docserveralson

      MODERN FAMILY: American Renaissance is not a Tea Party group. it has been around for 20- years or so. It is a conservative site, focused on what they call "race realism, and are in some sort of war with the SPLC because they publicized that groups 190 million dollar offshore Barbados tax free bank accounts, and call them on false witch hunts and the promotion of hate group ideology for the sake of persecution of the same. American Renaissance is headed by a Yale graduate who is very astute, writing articles about the harm of Diversity and a growing persecution of whites in America and the Western world. They have had Jewish speakers at their conferences as well as columnists. I looked the site up and there is a statement there – they know about the accusation. Some posters are radical sounding, but anyone can post. I saw the org leader on Fox News and he said that the org has never heard of this guy until yesterday, never had a membership or came to a conference. I hope they sue the SPLC and the Homeland Security office for defamation.

      January 9, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • randywi

      I don't know who's more deranged... the killer, or someone who actually believes this guy committed these crimes because of Hannity or O'Reilly? Give me a break. You assume he even watched those programs, but what if he hadn't? Who would you blame then? The guy obviously suffered from some sort of mental illness, why can't that be enough of a reason in and of itself? Why do you feel the need to blame other people for his premeditated actions? I'll tell you why, it's because you are full of hate. A very hateful person. You write hate, you speak hate, you feel hate, you are the hate. Open your eyes.

      January 9, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nancy

      The politicians themselves are the ones who are devisive, with all their denegrating of their opposition, their wailing & knashing of teeth, their name calling , like 8 year old bully boys (and girls) The difference between the Republicans and the Democrats is like the difference between the Columbo & Gambino families!

      January 9, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • God

      Rick B ignorantly blamed "Michael Moore, George Soros, Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, Tony Rezko, Rev. Wright, Bill Ayers, Paul Krugman"

      It's obvious you don't understand the difference between what your fascist leaders tell you to think and reality. Most of these people have never advocated violence, while you can see that from the right every day, and in fact I have seen the vitriol spewing from the keyboards of your gun advocates threatening people on here every single day. Tony Rezko did fundraising for dems AND reps. George Soros: the only place you hear about him daily is from the insane lips of Glenn Beck, you manipulates imbeciles like you for profit. Bill Ayers has no voice. Neither does Rev Wright, who was referring to the way blacks have been discriminated against since they were brought here as slaves, and still continue to be demonized to this day. Perhaps if you were black, you would understand. However, you are able to go where you please, more or less, without having to deal with these issues.

      The fact is, those like you n the right have no conscience, and you are not "man enough" to admit when you're wrong.

      Mein Kampf is significantly closer to a neo-con manifesto than to a liberal one, so the suggestion that he was a left-wing liberal is patently ridiculous. The guy is insane, but the voices that can drive people like that are not coming from the left, for the most part.

      January 10, 2011 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      randywi, Have some issues there? Take your meds & maybe they will let you out of the ward today.

      January 10, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan Ror

      Adolf Hitler was NOT a conservative. The Nazi Party was a SOCIALIST party. Do not let any Socialist/Communist/Islamic try to lie to you about Adolf Hitler. The Islamics even allied with Hitler during WWII.
      The Communist/Socialist/Islamic politicians will try to blame this on conservatives but history shows it is the Communist/Socialist/Islamics who are the assassins of American politicians and citizens:
      9/11 3,000 Americans murdered by Islamic Muslims
      November 2009–Thirteen (13) service men and women shot to death by Muslim Major Hasan at Fort Hood, Texas
      John F. Kennedy-shot to death by Lee Harvey Oswald—an avowed Communist/Socialist
      Bobby Kennedy—shot to death by Sirhan Bishara Sirhan—a Palestinian immigrant–was strongly anti-Zionist.
      Richard Nixon—attempted assassination–Samuel Joseph Byck–had tried to join the Black Panthers.
      Gerald Ford—First attempted assassination-Lynette Fromme—A leader in the Charlie Manson cult which attempted to start a race war–Second attempted assassination attempt–Sara Jane Moore—a left wing nut
      Ronald Reagan–shot by John Warnock Hinckley, Jr.,–got off the attempted assassination with an insanity defense
      George H. W. Bush—Muslim attempt to assassinate Bush–Sixteen men, said to be in the employment of Saddam Hussein, smuggled a car bomb into Kuwait with the intent of killing Bush as he spoke at Kuwait University.
      Bill Clinton–Frank Eugene Corder—mental defective—killed himself when he crashed airplane he was flying into a tree rather than the White House
      George W. Bush—attempted assassination–Vladimir Arutyunian threw a live Soviet-made RGD-5 hand grenade towards the podium where Bush was standing

      This proves the liberal, left-wing Communist/Socialist/Islamics are the true murderers and it is their "control freak" philosophy of either controlling people or killing them that has caused these murderous outbreaks.
      This assassin who even shot to death a small child loved the Communist Manifesto and Hitler’s book on controlling the people. That gives us a very good picture of this liberal, left-wing nutcase.

      January 10, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. Herb

    6 people die at the hands of a madman. 6 families live in sorrow. Yet all CNN reports is a congresswoman and a judge. Sad that this network works so hard to be the PR wing of the government. Hardly a mention of those dear souls who also suffered.

    January 8, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Also Sad

      I think they have not notified all of the next of kin for the other victims. I believe the authorities will publish a list when they are done. Also, there was a little girl involved so I doubt they release her name.

      January 8, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy

      CNN is not the only news media who is not reporting the names of the other victims.

      January 9, 2011 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Will S

      Maybe because the assassination of a federal Judge and attempted assassination of a Congresswoman are more significant in the grand scheme of things? We don't live in a perfect form of Utopian Communism, we live in the United States. Rich and powerful people are, as a rule, more important than people that spend their time trolling cnn.com.

      January 9, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Android56

      It's the difference between reporting on public figures and private citizens. The police will not inform the families of private citizens by yapping their names on TV... that would be wrong... so they wait until the families are notified FIRST because they are the ones with the true right to know... FIRST.... So you can stand down the paranoia...

      January 9, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Aubrey

      A different article on CNN lists Gabe Zimmerman, who was Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' director of community outreach, plus a 9 year old girl.

      January 9, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      Randy, if you have a problem with cnn, why don't you go to faux news where they will give a bagger like you all you want in the news, you betcha?

      January 10, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
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