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. GW

    These Republicans make me laugh. They demonize the Dems and then shed crocodile tears when one is gunned down. Filthy cowards.

    January 8, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rit

      GW, Who's demonizing who? You seem to be doing a pretty good job of demonizing those you oppose politically.

      I'm an Independent and only once voted a single party line(off year election). From where I sit, the right has much to improve,but the left has become downright vicious in their rhetoric. I've had conversations with GOPr's and all was cordial even when we were unable to find agreement. I've tried to have conversations with Dem's and had to give up in the face of their incessant anger at the right, Palin, Bachmann, Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, Bush, Rove, Cheney, and the list goes on and on and on and on.... Anger? From where I sit the right is often wrong but the left is often wrong and almost always angry.

      January 8, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      We appreciated the crocodile tears you dems showed when a fellow republican was dumped in a landfill earlier this week. I believe I saw a couple of posts from your fellow libs asking that more republicans end up with the same fate. Quite being a hypocrite.

      January 8, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. williamclemons

    It's a gay plot

    January 8, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RonG

    Was it coincidence that they were both there at the same time and both got hit.

    January 8, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TR

    I pledge to the bounty that places Sarah in sight and takes her out with a bang. Rhetoric from politicians (especially from right-wing nuts) have consequences.

    January 8, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • gramma74

      You are a moran in the 9th degree! Sarah Palin has nothing to do with this shooting. Being in the crosshairs in politics is political speak! Nothing more nothing less! People on the right are not right-wing nuts! Anymore than people on the left are left wing nuts!!

      January 8, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • david5300

      and just what do you base you endless knowlege on, CNN can't get it right , neither can you.

      January 8, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • TR

      It appears like grama is running around acting as Sarah's apologist.

      January 8, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      gramma.....perhaps you can ask Sarah Palin why the target map was brought down on her website, If she thought there was no problem with it, then why bring it down??....I'm all for idolizing people, it's ur choice but when you can't even think independently anymore then you should consider rehab.....Did you read her Statement??? She even managed to act like some sort of leader by referencing Home land Security and FBI.....

      January 8, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gordon

      Jeez... I think Palin was off my radar until she told us that the full weight of Gov't has been put at the ready to catch this jerk. (already caught). OK, the ex. Gov. of Alaska made me ill by that statement, (and confused) So What? Nothing new. Forgive me for adding to the rhetoric. Really. I am sorry.
      I am talking back and forth to friends up here in Canada and we are saying mainly the same thing. We are horrified and saddened by ALL the deaths and as I bet "Gabby" would agree, ALL woundings! This is terrible. I am absolutely heartsick! I can't begin to discribe my feelings for the dead and I hope with all my will that EVERYONE who is still alive stays alive. And fully recovers. PLEASE! -- Gord

      January 8, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. larry

    People who turn to politics(talking about Palin etc) are morons. This is not a time for reference to this. These idiots have one thing on their minds and anything that happens is going to connect to their agenda. These people are pathetic. The subject of the post is the terrible thing that took place. The subject is not their personal assault on political figures!!! When will these people get a brain!!!!

    January 8, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sherri W.W.#1~ILLinois

    LETS SEE,SARAH PALIN,Michlelle Bachman,McConnell,Boehner all feel SO Bad! BALONEY~they and Pence,King,and Beck,Limbaugh,and several others,should BEIN JAIL RIGHT ALONG WITH THIS GUY,whatever side hes on,THEY are the ones putting CROSSHAIRS ON FEDERAL OFFICALS.I hope our govt.issues notice that any threat via pictures OR spoken word,against ANY offical WILL GET YOU A JAIL SENTENCE~NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE!

    January 8, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • david5300

      Does yor Mommey know you are playing with the computor again, turn it off and find you doll with the pretty pink dress ands leave adult conversation to the adults

      January 8, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • the coffee pot

      Yeah! Who needs a first amendment anyway??!! What may appear to be a threat to one person might be considered political speech to another. I think that's how they silence political opponents in dictatorships.

      January 8, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Macatlanta

    The nerve of Palin – after she put her trademark cross-hairs over Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords area during the elections! She should hold herself partly responsible by her words & actions.

    January 8, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • david5300


      January 8, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • antinous130

      I abolutely agree. Sarah Palin needs to be charges with treason!

      January 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. the tea kettle and the coffee pot

    return our freedoms...eliminate worthless firearms and the virus of rupert murdoch affliates... Then true citizens can hold police accountable and government as well. otherwise there is no worlld leadership of any kind other than facebook stalking toxic non reality based t.v...

    January 8, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • the coffee pot

      Yes, that worked well in Germany in the 1930s – the people were able to hold the government accountable weren't they.

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

      Hey, I'm not sure the real shooter is in custody. The guy who wrote this shares the same quality of almost intelligible gibberish as the guy who posted YouTube videos in the name of Jared Lee Loughner.

      January 8, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. duke

    By the time I wake up in the morning,
    There will be an event that overshadows this tragedy and distract us from this all together.
    The post(a republican paper)quotes the congresswoman's father as saying"she had plenty of enemies in the tea-party"
    So I guess this is how they'll take their country back!!

    January 8, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • the coffee pot

      If you'd take the time to go look at this guy's youtube videos you'd see that he's probably not a tea-partier at all. He claims to be non-religious, and rambles on about grammar and creating his own currency. Nothing really political there at all, just incomprehensible goofiness. He apparently tried to join the Army and didn't get it. It's pretty irresponsible to blame political movements or politicians when so little is known about this guy, but then who bothers the check facts in the age of soundbites and blogs?

      January 8, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heywood

      @Duke... Read the paper moron.

      This guy is a typical left wing loon who loved the books Mein Kampf, The Communist Manifesto and Animal Farm. Check out his YouTube channel in the name Jared Lee Loughner.

      You freaks start with the left wing propaganda before the bodies are even cold. Put your cook political views on hold for a few days and let the families grieve.

      January 8, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary225

      Sarah Palin and her rifles with 20 congressional districs in sight is absolutely at fault here, even if the guy does not follow her politically. Didn't every good American see that this is where we were headed with the rhetoric coming out of Palin and the far right? It's only logical that it happened in Arizona, with all their crazy talk of late. Such a sad day for our democracy, but a huge wake-up call to good Americans that this is the end result of crazy, anti-government talk. And from what I have read the guy was not from the left, as he thought government was the problem, and lefties think government is the solution. So he was a mixed up, crazy nut, who may not have followed either party. But we have all witnessed the result, and Sarah and her people who spew "take our country back" non-sense should be ashamed of themselves. End of the Tea Party is now in sight, and Palin's career is over. She may be facing an investigation over this.

      January 8, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • stejo

      Ok, heywood – yeah, the communist manifesto is pretty left – however, do you even know who wrote Mein Kampf? That's as far right as you can get, and Animal Farm is an anti-communism/socialism allegory, so, of the 3 books you mentioned, 1 is left and 2 are very right – how did you get from that reading list that he was left wing? Not to mention, he went on and on about the getting back on the gold standard – Ron Paul's favorite subject. Is Ron Paul left wing now?

      January 9, 2011 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  10. Sherri W.W.#1~ILLinois

    No,we dont have just one thing on our minds.These crazies are mixing unstable people up,and s few stable ones too,and anybody who lived thru the 2 Kennedys`KNOW we dont want ANY MORE OF THIS.THIS COUNTRY WAS BUILT ON NEIGHBOR HELPING NEIGHBOR AND WE BEST GET BACK TO THAT.God bless all who were injured or killed,and their families.This is a terrible thing for America.

    January 8, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • st

      with a government like ours we will never be united

      January 9, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  11. KEN



    January 8, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heywood

      I'm sure that the intelligent, thoughtful folks on the left are ecstatic that people like you have taken the time to articulate their cause, there Bubb. Keep up the good work.

      By the way, the caps lock key is one of the keys on the extreme left of that thing on your lap that most refer to as a keyboard. You'll recognize it instantly, it's the one that's labeled 'caps lock'.

      January 8, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. the tea kettle and the coffee pot

    this is not 1950 ... We are the future who understand the difference...goodbye fox networks... Its been real.

    January 8, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • the coffee pot

      That's true (it's not 1950). Then American lent money to the rest of the world. Now we are the biggest debtor nation in history. The great liberal experiment has bankrupted us like it has Europe and soon the bills will come due. Then we'll be telling our grandchildren about the good old days when people actually had private-sector jobs and could buy a few luxuries. Now that's progress!

      January 8, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • the coffee pot

      Scalawag Country – I agree. So let's work on what we need to do to get people to respect those basic laws and each other. I'm guessing it has something to do with those dates. If this kind of thing didn't happen in the US in the 1950s like it does now, the question we should be asking is: 'why not?' What's different about our society now from then? I'm guessing the answers we'll find won't be politically correct. I agree that in some ways our society is better now – civil rights for minorities and women is much better now. But if those changes in our society have somehow led to the mess we're now in, perhaps some of that 'progress' needs to be re-evaluated. For example, has the amount of violence in media contributed to this, and if so (just speaking hypothetically), is some amount of – gasp! – censorship part of the solution? I don't know but simplistic solutions like banning guns probably won't address the fundamental problems like lack of respect for laws or others.

      January 8, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Death Panel Sarah

      Hey coffee pot.....2000-2008 bankrupted for 'liberal experiment', Clinton left with a budget SURPLUS...BTW, China is doing fine, thank you....maybe you want a govt. like that?

      January 8, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Death Panel Sarah

      To coffee, you want to 'take the counrty back' the 1950's.......interesting. I've been saying that is EXACTLY what the tea-baggers have been wanting....thanks for clearing that up for us.

      January 8, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • the coffee pot

      Clinton left us with $6T national debt, 50% more than when he took office. And Obama has give us 40% more than he started with in just 2 years (but, yeah, that was due to the Bush recession, I know – 'don't blame me, I just inherited this mess').

      I'm not saying to turn back the clock to the 1950s. I'm just saying that if it was to walk the streets and leave your house unlocked back then and it isn't today, it might make a little bit of sense to ask some questions about why – what has made our country more prone to violence why can't we leave our doors unlocked any more? I don't think it has to do with availability of guns. Something more fundamental has changed, and the political rhetoric is part of that (probably a symptom rather than the cause). But most people don't want to tackle hard, often politically incorrect, questions. Let's just pass some more feel good gun control legislation and then we can all unlock our doors again.

      January 9, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. Prof Ramesh Manghirmalani

    I am simply shocked and horrified about the crime. William Shakespeare said" Common sense is called common scene it is not common the all". You can't legislate stupidity.The trouble with the world is that the stupid are so confident while the intelligent are full of doubt. I am so sorry

    January 8, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sherri W.W.#1~ILLinois


    January 8, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheOneIndependent

      there has been nothing reported about him saying anthing about helping president Obama. Regarless of left or right it has been the right preaching overthrow, violence and second amedment remedies not the Left. Violence begets violence. We have the GOP and FOX to thank for this, because it has been thru the GOP and FOX that these murderous
      verbal manipulation has been spread and encouraged for two years. Havent heard anyone on the Left say anything about "'taking anyone out" but many on the right has encouraged anarchy and revolution for no other reason that to get into office. Time to stand up.

      January 8, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • david5300

      Then let's rid ourselves of this illigitimate ignoramis we have in the White House and put a real American in.

      January 8, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heywood

      Huh?...Take your meds Sherri. Everything will be alright.

      January 8, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • stejo

      david – that's the kind of talk that makes people so angry – on either side. let that "real american' thing's way old by now and a lie.

      January 9, 2011 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. Angelo

    I feel bad for today's tragedy, but what amazes me is how it was a white person who did this and that bill they passed earlier in 2010 regarding questioning of minorities in seeing if they are illegal at any time. Today's actions showed how anyone can be held accountable for crimes...even white people

    January 8, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      And what exactly does this shooting have to do with illegal immigration?

      January 8, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • rockvillemd

      You're a moron..........

      January 8, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
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