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. Mark

    Congressmen Giffords was threatened with violence over twitter months ago: .

    January 8, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luis Teixeira

      Is the same hate that the republicans are feeding in arizona....the results of this matter for immigration, health and economy, hate.....

      January 8, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • LEO

      PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA... let us listen to reason.

      I am a police officer. I am a self-defined liberal. I firmly believe in the Second Amendment (Right to Bear Arms). I voted for Barack Obama, and would do so again. I am largely against most welfare. I believe in BOTH liberal and conservative social and economic views. My point? You are not simply what people say you are. There are forces out there that are so powerful that most people simply cannot fathom them. Forces that are influencing every one of us as we sit here today.

      The best line I have read here is "be the change you want to see in this world." This is our country. At least, every one of us here legally. And we should not surrender to fear-mongering, despair, malice, or spite. Realize: the media is silently profiting off of the blood of the victims, not Republicans... and not Democrats. Shine a spotlight on one horrifying incident and we forget about the rest of the world. We forget our soldiers die in numbers like those every few weeks. We forget that the number one killer of Americans–black, white, tan, male, female, young, old, gay, straight–is motor vehicle accidents. Are we clamoring for someone to blame there? Are we as responsible and goal-oriented as we can be? Or do we all reduce ourselves to a lowest common denominator and start slinging mud at the first person that doesn't sound like us?

      To my conservative friends: Practice tolerance. There are "libs" out there who are every bit as crazy as you think. They are very few among us, though they may get your attention much sooner, and more often than the norm. We aren't unholy, we aren't socialists, and we don't follow the Antichrist. We have many good ideas that will benefit you too.

      To my liberal fellows: What you see on the news is not representative of who and what a conservative is. They want the same things we do... safety... security.... success. They simply have a different approach. Keep more of an open mind, and don't kick and scream when the time comes to "share the ball". Partisan governance will result in lateral progress. We WILL suffer the consequences if we don't figure that out.

      What I've said here applies mostly to the American people, and less-so the politicians and pundits who portray us. I wish you and all your families stay healthy and happy.

      January 10, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Marilyn Plott

      You are right, Mark. The Tea Party blew up her headquarters, and her opponents took people out to a shooting range, gave them guns and told them to aupim at targets as if thectargets were Rep. Giffords. Palin put crosshairs on her literally as well as symbolically. The far right has gone murderous, soliciting muddier when they don't get their ugly way.

      January 10, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    She's going to make it through!! Sadly, not all made it. She is one tough lady. Bullet went through her head. They caught the guy!!!

    January 8, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. William

    Her Husband is in SPACE....Will they tell him?

    January 8, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      I think he is *scheduled* to captain the next shuttle launch. He's not up there at the moment though.

      January 8, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • kevin

      Her husband is not space. , he hear and on his way.

      January 8, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Christy Castille

    That Congresswoman's name was on Palin's list. Has anybody else noticed this?

    January 8, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |

      Yes, I noticed. Did you see her sappy comment?

      January 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      Yes we noticed. Palin's got the crosshairs of a gun on a map for the congresspeople in states she doesn't like. Can't stand her!! Her comment meant absolutely nothing to me!

      January 8, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • tothestarz

      No kidding. Who cares what Palin thinks? She's the one putting bulls eyes on the backs of any politician she doesn't like. She ought to be arrested for conspiracy.

      January 8, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • MP

      Palin should be charged for instigating this attack, which took life of six people including a nine year old girl and a federal judge. I don't know if Palin's use of shooting target on this congress woman can be construed as conspiracy or direction to attack with a fire weapon with intention of mass killing. I'm not sure how our law will define a terrorist.

      January 8, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      This is a wake up call for 2012.
      NO PALIN FOR SURE IN 2012!


      January 8, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frosty123

      Blaming Sarah Palin for this is absolutely ridiculous. Palin doesn't support those views of the injured Rep. but I'm sure she wouldn't want her to be shot, injured and almost murdered. I wouldn't be surprised if others who share Palin's views were there to peacefully talk to the Rep. and were injured or killed.

      January 8, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cardiac50

      Not only her comment. but the pronouncement about what the Dept of Homeland Security and the FBI are doing.. as if she had a hand in arranging it.. instead of being a failed politician and mother, but avery successful polarizing figure and self aggrandizer. While she might not have a had a direct impact on this incident.. has no doubt lead to a lot of fantasy violence in the minds of the simply led that follow her every word, which may or may not ever come about. Unfortunate about that whole "crosshair" graphic isn't it. I couldn't help but notice there wasn't a single word that perhaps that concept wasn't the best idea after all.

      January 8, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cardiac50

      Sorry for the typo's.. of course I mean "A very" and "Her words have no doubt led"

      January 8, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • ramulog

      Palin has blood on her hands – she and other wingnuts have stealthily advocated violence for years. Her phony condolences are representative of the new Right in US.

      January 8, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Death Panel Sarah

      To Frosty123.....Your'e sure?????
      How do you KNOW?????
      Have you talked to Palin?
      If you do, make sure you give her truth serum, first!

      January 8, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. the tea kettle and the coffee pot

    looks like pakistan.. n.r.a. Evangelical tea u.s.a... So who will lead a country where the only claimed right is more weapons... World liberty leaders...or chaos info bevis and butthead facebook twitter stalkers inc.? Eliminate firearms and return the liberty of individual freedom... Or just admit... Its cowboyland for cowboys and a few gullible millions who support them.

    January 8, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • the coffee pot

      Of course the problem is always the availability of guns. Funny how these things didn't happen often in the 1950s when anyone could walk into a hardware or sporting goods store and buy a gun, no questions asked (including military surplus M1 carbines with 30 round magazines). Simplistic answers to complex problems don't solve the problems. This guy could have driven a bus through the crowd and probably killed more people. Let's work on real solutions for complex problems instead of feel-good laws that don't make anyone safer, and may make us less safe.

      January 8, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      But the guy didn't drive a bus through the crowd. He used the weapon of choice for psychopaths with vendettas. There's no reason for private citizens to have firearms.

      January 8, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • the coffee pot

      There's no reason for private citizens to have firearms.

      Yes, that's what they said in Germany in the 1930s and we all know how well that worked out. Then, only the psychopaths had guns and everyone else was at their mercy.

      January 8, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • SteveDavis

      This is what the right has brought us. This is what Sara Palin and her neo american facists have brought us. Nothing more, just denial, trouble and now egregious violence. IT IS UP TO YOU AMERICANS – TO PUT AN END TO THIS. The reactionaries will go even further if you continue to allow hate radio linbaughs and politicians with no real agenda – other than an 'anti agenda' free reign. ACT NOW OR EXPECT MORE OF THIS INSANITY.

      January 8, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Ahh the old Nazis and gun control argument. You guys are so predictable.

      January 8, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • the coffee pot

      There's no reason for private citizens to have firearms.

      I happen to live in a rural area where the response time for the Sheriff is usually at least 15 minutes and can be up to 25. As the saying goes, 'when seconds count, the police are only minutes away' (in my case, a lot of minutes away). If the government would assign a security officer to my home 24 hours a day I'd be glad to trust them for my family's safety. Until then, I'd just as soon keep my gun, thank you very much.

      January 8, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Captain Underpants

      This isn't a gun control issue, it's a mental health issue.

      January 8, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Death Panel Sarah

      It is really not the guns fault.....what do they say....'Guns don't kill people....I do!"
      It is the gullible human mind that can be manipulated by hate talk that caused this.
      You either treat EVERY mind, or you stop the HATE TALK!!

      January 8, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Matthew

    jan brewer didn't say anything about this? she should say something but choose to ingore it!

    January 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Khloe

      She gave a press conference a while ago

      January 8, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      She did it in Spanish with a Mexican accent.

      January 8, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • N Phx Az

      You are mistaken.

      January 8, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tommy

    These assassinations and assassination attempts are an outrage in a democracy, which is of the People, by the People and for the People of our Nation. Words matter, linkage of ideas in speaches and phrases in statements matter. When will irresponsible statements, words and suggestive phrases end, during campaigns and political discourse?

    January 8, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      I think this guy Loughner deserves death penalty with no waiting. Make sure that he was not a scape goat for any political gains.

      January 8, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jim

    The feigned sadness from two of America's two biggest lying hate mongers, Palin and Bachmann is a joke. Palin puts targets on people and then pretends she doesn't like the results of her madness.

    January 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rit

      Read your own message Jim. Your very first sentence carries more hatred than anything either of those two have said.

      "The feigned sadness from two of America's two biggest lying hate mongers,"

      Talk about projection....

      January 8, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob in Pa

      Go watch his videos on you tube if they are still up. This boy wasn't conservative or right wing militia. He was leftist loo loo.

      January 8, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Worc.

    Shooter jared lee loughner. Yes a lot of ppl know of the palin plan

    January 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Reta

    Hope the Tea Party members, and especially Sarah Palin, take responsibility for firing up this type of hatred, gun toting mind set which has been prevalent all during the election....Sarah's target of politicians who disagree with her and her contempt of government only inflames this kind of behavior, and it is indeed a sad day!

    January 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob in Pa

      Sarah Palin and the Tea Party are not to blame. Have you ever seen Sarah or any Tea Partiers burn the American Flag ?
      This guy thought America was imperialistic – quotes from left, not the right..
      The hatred that caused this is not from patriots it is from those that can not see past Ms. Palin or the Tea Party because of their own hatreds.

      January 8, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • david5300

      you are taking some pretty broad strokes this that brush arn't you little missy?

      January 8, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Death Panel Sarah

      To Bob and Dave......yes, they are to blame.... this level of hate from the right is unprecidented!!!
      When a person hears the nightly lies over and over again, he(she) is naturally moved to violent action!!!
      This very scenario has been predicted for at least 2 years!!!

      January 8, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. EGW68

    Why are Palin's comments noteworthy? Other than the fact that Rep. Giffords was on her "list," this woman has no affilliation with congress/gov't in any way.

    January 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Canada willie

    America is such a divisive society in politics that these things are bound to continue. These things rarely happen in civilised societies where there is a regard for other political opinions and views.

    I watch American politicians, mainly on the right, strut their patriotic stuff with their lynch mob, take no prisnoner mentality, and it is bound to affect some people. I blame rrepublican leaders and the nutty arm of the tea party for this tragedy. They should look in the mirror and ask themselves if there is anything they can do to minimise rather than maximise these consequences. Unfortunately I know what their reply would be – they blame the other side and never themselves or their politics . This is the tragedy

    January 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Not_a_nut

      The amount of people going off the cuff blaming conseratives and the Tea party is amazing. NOONE yet knows where his political affilations lie, yet you go blaming Repubs like they are the only party that spews hate.

      January 8, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Death Panel Sarah

      To "Not_a_nut" .... I'm sorry, but the 'right' (Tea party et al) ARE the only party spewing hate!!!
      Ask yourself, have you ever(honestly) heard anything like this from the left(that was not in response to hate).
      I mean heard yourself..... not 'heard' from an 'entertainer' on talk radio.

      January 8, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Death Panel Sarah

      ....besides. who said there might be an 'armed insurrection' if they didn't get their way.....sure wasn't the left!!!!!

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

      Actually, if you look at what they're posting of the shooter's past comments and videos, you'll see he was against BOTH parties, not just the Democratic candidate he targeted. Sounds more anti-government than anything.

      January 8, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • William

      Yes, our friend to the North, we're nothing but a bunch of cretins to you. Lest we forget Quebec's wonderful attempt to secede from your wonderfully enlightened socialist nation that wasn't exactly civilized (as we spell it in America). So much for your insincere lectures about our affairs. What happened here was – no question – awful. It will be handled IN OUR OWN WAY, AND JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED, ACCORDINGLY, HOSER.

      January 8, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jim X

    When any citizen in America says "my country" rather than "our country", he or she is being selfish and unpatriotic. People in this country need to do a better job of sharing and start realizing that other citizens have exactly the same rights as you do, no more and certainly, no less. If that doesn't happen, there is likely to be more of this stuff based on irrational fears and selfish greed.

    January 8, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gordon

      Sorry Jim X,

      This is for "William", just above you. Canada is not a Socialist country. It has the Dems. (Called the Liberal [large L] Party) and the G.O.P. (call the Conservative Party) We also have the N.D.P. Now, They are socialist. (Like Tony Blair's Labor Party, you know, G.W.Bush's Friend). Quebec is Very Socialist. They do not want to leave to be Republicans, they want a separate [Kinda more] Socialist French Nation. We are doing all this in peace. Not like the Civil War. Remember That one? Sorry to toss that down, but you really don't have a clue, so read, learn, then speak, "William".

      January 9, 2011 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
    • st

      or lack of rights.... Im sorry, but the guy sounds like he is an upset citizen with solutions like local currency. I liked giffords- can we all please just ignore the evil gop now ?

      our government has tricked us into slavery and oppression. as long as the IRS and FED exist we need to fight for our country's freedom. If we live in a land of barbarism and it is no longer a land under the laws, we must resist at all cost ! Argue and complain all you want- your vote is never going to make a difference. I think all the Republicans are going to understand is violence.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. Anne

    @Christy, this is why politicians need to temper their statements. It's not always what they say but how it is being said that can make the difference in how a statement is perceived. It is possible for that people can disagree without being disagreeable, and the rhetoric that both parties spew can have devastating affects, unfortunately like the events today. We supposed to be a civilized society, but I have seen that civility erode over the years. It has become an "anything goes" world; say whatever you want and damn the outcome. This is why Palin's comments of condolences, in my opinion, are disingenuous.

    January 8, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rick9000

    Do we knowif Rep Gifford was the intended target or the Federal Judge? Or someone else?

    January 8, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Death Panel Sarah

      It was Giffords' meeting..... He was most likely after her.

      January 8, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
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