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. Hawke Gaudielle

    I am from Tucson AZ, a well known local in the down town scene My girl friend has a friend who was shot in the shooting today. I can tell you why this happend. We have all been on edge, Tucson city is falling apart and the drugs a flooding in. When no body has jobs and nothing to do drugs are always there i know i am in the street every day. It seems to me thoes democrats let our neighborhoods flood with meth and heroin while they sit in a manssion in the foothills not hearing the gun shots and police cars flying by. I keep my pistole with me every where i go here. There are a lot of upset people but WE ARE NOT AT ALL WHAT THE SHERIFF CALLED ALL ARIZONA PEOPLE. Im truly sadden he feels the way he does.

    January 9, 2011 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
    • steve harnack

      What a fine example of the species R. A satirist couldn't have done it better! By the way genius, it happened yesterday.

      January 9, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JesusNeedsABreak

    Be the change you want to see in this world.

    January 9, 2011 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tammy

    I used to live in Tucson and I attended the University of Airzona School of Nursing in 2002 when three instructors where shot and killed. Do you think any laws were passed by congress to make the gun laws tougher? No. Maybe now after this latest shooting and one of their own was shot along with a judge they will consider passing laws to make it safer in Arizona and make it tougher to get guns into the hands of crazy people.

    January 9, 2011 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. Brian

    The attack that took place today is just a downright tragedy. This crime was senseless and justice should be swift and just but unfortunately, history shows otherwise. My prayers go out to the family and loved ones. Citizens and politicians along the Mexican border fear this same type attack on a daily basis yet little in done to prepare and prevent such attacks. THIS should be a WAKE-UP call for everyone. The fear of many has become a reality.
    If this attack is related in any way to the drug cartel, immediate actions need to be taken to prevent a re-occurrence. Regardless, hard decisions concerning Mexico need to be made and it’s time for the politicians of this country to grow a backbone. The only way to stop the influx of illegal immigrants from Mexico is to stabilize and improve their economy. The only way this will occur is to help Mexico defeat the drug problems. The needs of the country need to have priority over the repercussions such decision would have on re-election. Things would be different today had this always been done. If our founding fathers though at acted like the politicians of today, we would probably be flying the British Flag today.
    Many people are against the Second Amendment for various reasons but I think that many really don’t know what the entire meaning. This amendment was written to allow “freeman” to own firearms so they could protect themselves and others from criminal activities, deter an undemocratic government from forming, and repel invading forces. Many of the mass shooting like the one today could have been ended without all the casualties had someone in the crown been armed themselves. These people were defenseless because of the mass effort to eliminate handguns from law-abiding citizens. Argue all you want but this is a fact just like areas with armed citizen’s have lower violent crime rates.

    January 9, 2011 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick


      It is senseless to try to speculate blame this about the drug cartel or any foreign source. That amounts to self-denial. This is a consequence of the fact Americans seem more divided every day, culturaly as well as politically. Clearly those who have sought political advantage by promoting division are to blame.

      January 9, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. owen

    God help us from hearing yet another cry "i can't help it, I'm depraved on account I've been deprived' bull.
    The endless pain, suffering and horror memories will easily surpass any 'troubled' issues this mindless moron has to declare. Who should really care what 'troubles' this twisted man/child has? We should be less focused on cause and much more on the 'effect' these human misfits unleash on others. We all have prejudices, bigotry along with dark thoughts about all kinds of issues. But keep the guns out of thier hands, the cars from their drunken, drugged out body and once and for all apply extreme punishment to any that cross that line. The only humanity I wish to save are the ones who obey recognized decent behavior and laws; the rest is fodder that they themselves tossed away.

    January 9, 2011 at 3:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. AJ

    I wonder where all those gun wielding law abiding Arizonians were who claimed no one could do something like this in their state?
    Maybe the Republicans can blame it on a Mexican.

    January 9, 2011 at 3:46 am | Report abuse |
    • poboy6

      It was a Democrat gathering. They think guns apparently shoot on their own, so Dems. don't carry guns.

      If this was at one of those Tea Parties, the gunman would've only gotten 1 or 2 shots off.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:16 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 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. Alex

    My heart felt condolences go out to the families of this tragedy. I can only hope Ms.Giffords makes a full recovery and continue her work as a Congresswoman.

    I have spent the day ready accounts and ducking from the mud being slung by all sides. From this tragedy I would hope the people of the United States of America would band together and find solutions to the unrest. But alas I'm not that naive...

    I am not a Sarah Palin fan but I will give her credit for at least acknowledged this horrific incident and shutting down her 20 site. I don't think her response was very heartfelt, but really what could she say without further retaliation?

    The same can not be said for the Talk Spinners – I went to Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh sites not one word, not one condolence, nothing just DEAD AIR.

    Meanwhile on the Fox News Blogs they are having a field day with Keith Olberman's response. Hey Fox, at least he made an acknowledged and an appoligy for whatever it's worth.

    January 9, 2011 at 5:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. Love thy neighbor

    It has begun. It feels like we are in the 1700's...people have been saying "it's time to take America back" back from who? Obama? I've never seen so many people so passionate about hate. It's so crazy when the elected officials speak against the president with such hate and disrespect . Instead of putting the fire out, they throw lighter fluid on it even Bobby the governor talking about his book " leadership and crisis" just promoted more hate. Maybe now we can admit that their is STILL racism in America for anyone that does look pale enough . I live in the south and I still can't go to my best friends parents house because of my skin tone. History has a way of repeating itself.

    January 9, 2011 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Android56

      Now, now... Obama's people could be from Wales and he'd still be hated... Or have your forgotten the hate shown Cater and Clinton?

      January 9, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. Steviecef

    As horrible and sad as this is, it is yet another example of why it is the duty of law abiding citizens to arm themselves.

    If one properly trained and armed individual was on scene when the attack began many of the innocent could have been spared.

    January 9, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. stevenation

    Every one of us needs to wake up to what has just happened. We should all be very mad men at this point in our countrys history and willing to lay down our lives to take our country back. We need to throw off the shackles of slavery and lies that the american government seems to be hell bent on forcing on all of us- you, me, and the rest of the world. As long as our government allows the IRS and the FED to exist we should be using every form of resistance we can. We should be printing our own community script as local economy. At this point in history america is an evil place where we are govt chattel, nothing more. I have plans for my life and Im tired of being a slave- Fight for your life forever !

    January 9, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. kord

    So Reliable Sources begins a discussion on the media's (particularly cable news) role in the level of vitriolic discourse we experience today both from the right and left. An excellent start. I assume Steve Malzberg was chosen to participate to demonstrate the problem.
    Here's an idea. What might happen if CNN developed a policy of not giving airtime to any individual who cannot discuss their views in a civil and respectful manner. No name calling. No character assassinations. No use of violent imagery. Just respectful discussion.
    It occurs to me that you may be enabling bad behavior and this may be a way to dial it back.

    January 9, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. QinZirO

    here it seems only a war of words alone.

    January 9, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Oy Vey Az

    I couldn't find even one voice that spoke out against hate filled political rhetoric. Sincere condolences aren't going to cut it anymore, and won't fix the problem ... only true leadership will.

    Come on leaders, lead.

    January 9, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mac

    This is SO sad. It is hard for me to type this as my eyes are so wattery. Its bad enough that all the adults got hert or lost their lives from this person, but it is heart wrecking to see such a small person with so much to live for to loose her life for no reason what so ever. I can only guess how much pain all the people connected to these people are going through. May God bless all of you. I guess that God had a more important roll for these people as to why their lives were taken. May God be with all of you.

    January 9, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. takeiteasy

    There is only way to prevent incidents like this. More vigilance, alertness. Profile the ill who show violent disposition and track them before they act. Prevention is better than cure.

    January 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
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