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. Henry Turner

    Not to get too far of topic, but did anyone reading through all those statements above notice how often the word 'senseless' was used? Seriously, have a look, it's weird.

    January 8, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terr there another word that describes todays events? Upon reading some of this young mans' writings, he was clearly mentally ill. This coupled with escalating and "heated" political campaigns. It is a very sad day anytime an individual or group of individuals believe that their beliefs are the ONLY beliefs and take actions such as mass murdering and attacking of other human beings to get their point across. Pro-Palin folks say she didn't have impact – those who hate her – thing she did....but as was stated – ALL PARTIES need to look at their heated words that often leave an "aggressive" tone – which probably doen't impact individuals with high emotional intelligence and understands critical thinking – but those who are mentally ill – or fatally narcacisstic and/or a conspiracy theorist who believes all government representatives are bad vs good – leaves an entirely different message. It's a sad day – ALL victims, and all of their families are in our prayers – that needs to be the focus today and in the coming days – then I hope all those who currently govern and hope to govern in coming elections will peel the onion – focus on solutions to problems and reduce the personal and attacking rhetoric.

      January 8, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kord

    I detected disbelieve from Wolf and company relating to remarks by the Pima County sheriff regarding the violence in Tucson today. Apparently Wolf needs the shooter's motive to judge whether the level of vitriol in American political discourse today is a problem. The important question is not have we gone way too far with our words these days. We have, but how have you and your colleagues contributed to the problem. Case is point: crime is dropping, reporting on crime is up over 600 percent. Here's an idea: why not do a panel discussion on the impact of the media (particularly television, radio and social media) in today's violent society. Please add some outsiders (Michael Moore, academics, politicians, etc.) in addition to you folks.

    January 8, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Also Sad

      I agree. The media is fighting to keep our attention so they have resorted to sensationalism. I pray the media would become brave and take some responsibility for once.

      January 8, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    @Dave...more of this happened just the other day. The man who helped Ronnie Raygun with his 'star-wars' program, and spent a life serving US, even at the pentagon, his body was found in a bag, investigators say it was a homicide. Well, turn's out he's the same guy who first published that the family names 'Barack', 'Hussein', and 'Obama' are old Arabian names that trace back to Arabian slave masters in 1800s Africa. Of course that's not all he wrote about. my point? Government officials have been murdered for less, and throughout history. We have seen this stuff b4 many many times. It's just commonplace now and hardly noticed.

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

      It's these kinds of senseless rhetoric that has gotten us to this point today. The country is in serious economic doldrums and all we hear is the president is not from the united states of America. How can such discourse put food on the table?
      How is such rhetoric helping people who cant afford health insurance,pay for our kids education?
      You got to be kidding me.

      January 9, 2011 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. Daman

    All of you who are using this tragedy as an attempt at political maneuvering are at best the plainest example of what is wrong with this country, Be it conservative or liberal all I can say is that is obvious that you have no respect for the lives lost, but only want to use it as fodder for your agendas, I live in Tucson, not far away, that child could have been my son, and all I hear is how its palin's fault, or how those dirty liberals are attacking us, ALL of you deserve what is coming, the complete breakdown of reason and completely polarized insanity.

    This is America, there is plenty of room for people who disagree, as a matter of fact, this nation is built on working out disagreements to the advantage of all... And yet, you have ALL bought into the rhetoric that only one side can be right, THAT is the only un-American treason I have seen, the fear of an idea

    January 8, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul Stokes

      What do you mean, "ALL of you"? What group is it that draws targets on candidates and talks about killing opponents? What is the political persuasion of those who brought guns to political events?

      January 9, 2011 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
    • kthr

      To Paul Stokes
      How ridiculous, take what you see out of context. Talking about politics talking about the vote. Yet you and other take it out of context at these victims expense, pretending you are outraged, while you use this event to spew nonsense and hatred. The TP had nothing to do with this nor SP. A kid with mental issues did.

      January 9, 2011 at 4:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Android56

      I guess the supreme court ruling about the limits of free speech because nobody understands just how dangerous crowded movies houses were during a fire... Any speech that leads people to take actions with violent consequences is unprotected... such as politicians talking in terms of taking aim at their opponents... Yeah, it's just a crazy... but crazies are part of the public... for better or worse... that speech that provokes crazies, like crying "fire", is not free speech...

      January 9, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. mac316

    this guy is a whack job look at his net posts . he is trying to be some kind of brilliant mind when he actually a burn out of some sort or just deranged we are quick to blame the other political party when in fact it is in our nature. we kill our mothers fathers brothers sisters husbands wives and even our own children and how is that political? and i am sure george bush is very grateful for sarah palin because she is getting blamed for everything now. i dont care for the woman myself but i dont try to keep her a part of any conversation either but some on here are obsessed with her

    January 8, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Robert Morgan

    Sarah Palin has blood on her hands.

    January 8, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Looks like your man Obama can share the blame as well according to you lack of logic. Sorry but it was Obama who referred to Republicans in the last election as "the enemy". If I am not mistaken didn't he also make a comment along the lines of “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” That was in June 2008 at a Philadelphia fundraiser .

      Other Obama quotes:

      Obama: “They Bring a Knife…We Bring a Gun”
      Obama to His Followers: “Get in Their Faces!”
      Obama on ACORN Mobs: “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”
      Obama to His Mercenary Army: “Hit Back Twice As Hard”
      Obama on the private sector: “We talk to these folks… so I know whose ass to kick.“
      Obama to voters: Republican victory would mean “hand to hand combat”
      Obama to lib supporters: “It’s time to Fight for it.”
      Obama to Latino supporters: “Punish your enemies.”
      Obama to democrats: “I’m itching for a fight.”

      January 9, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. rich

    This shooting is on the heads of every republican congressman or women who ran their mouths before during and after this last election. As the Sheriff pointed out the hate in this country continues to get worse by the day and this shooting is a direct result of that fact!! Last no one is talking about the person that sold this moron the weapon. Why??? That person should be liable to be sued as well. This is never going to stop!! These shooting take place every day in this the divided states of America and we never do anything to change the staus quo. We don't need to bow down to the NRA because of the 2nd amendment!! This is another example of why we need gun control. BTW secret investigations revealed gun dealers sell guns to people like this nut every day so why do we have laws????????????

    January 8, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • kthr

      who ran there mouths? In politics people disagree, saw Giffords on TV plenty of times, it was ok for her to bring up the TP. She and others were shot because of a kid with mental illness not the TP or SP. You want to assign blame well then ask yourself why when Giffords had all these threats why she did not have security, she chose not to, yet she has a event outside, did the people who showed up know she had all these threats? No probably not, So if we assign blame then lets blame the congressman for ignoring the threats and putting the others in danger. Oh you don't like that? its as stupid as blaming the TP and SP. Thoughts to the victims.

      January 9, 2011 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      Did you check your brain at the door. The following came from Obama's mouth. Sorry but it was Obama who referred to Republicans in the last election as "the enemy". If I am not mistaken didn't he also make a comment along the lines of “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” That was in June 2008 at a Philadelphia fundraiser .

      Other Obama quotes:

      Obama: “They Bring a Knife…We Bring a Gun”
      Obama to His Followers: “Get in Their Faces!”
      Obama on ACORN Mobs: “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”
      Obama to His Mercenary Army: “Hit Back Twice As Hard”
      Obama on the private sector: “We talk to these folks… so I know whose ass to kick.“
      Obama to voters: Republican victory would mean “hand to hand combat”
      Obama to lib supporters: “It’s time to Fight for it.”
      Obama to Latino supporters: “Punish your enemies.”
      Obama to democrats: “I’m itching for a fight.”

      January 9, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Guns aren't the problem. The problem(s) like elsewhere. It doesn't lie with the person selling him the firearm either. Have you ever sold a firearm to a person? I have. You have a checklist on the federal form to ask the questions. You also use your common sense. I refused to sell a firearm to a person who was trying to buy for another individual. I would have never known until the person slipped up and mentioned it. There is no amount of laws that could solve the problem.

      January 10, 2011 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. wake-up

    This is the end-game of right-wing extremism. Yes, all of the talking heads from right-wing media, from Rush to Fox News, have a measure of blood on their hands. Democracy demands a civil, rational political discourse. The polarization over the last 20 years or so directly correlates with the rise of the right-wing hate/misinformation machine. Among the rational, we've come to expect outlandish statements and extreme rhetoric from right-wing media. And as a society, we seem to have become accustomed to this, as if it is acceptable. But that rhetoric has been increasingly adopted by Republicans and Tea Party politicians. From Palin's "targets" in the cross-hairs, to Sharon Angle's 2nd amendment "solutions" and Michele Bachmann's call for armed and "dangerous" citizenry... When will America reject right-wing hatred and violence?

    January 8, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • sonny c.

      When will America reject Right Wing hate ? Same question asked many times since the end of WWII. The answer is "Blowin In the Wind."

      January 9, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
    • DooLeeOO

      James, put a cork in it. Your are boring us.

      January 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    For every person held-up at gunpoint there are ten-thousand held-up at pencil point. google Enron, Silverado Savings, or Whitewater for more on this. shall we ban pencils?

    January 8, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Heinrich

    I wonder if after Michele Bachmann's tears and Palin's "sincere condolences" ... was the tiniest inkling of reflection of past references to "reloading" and 2nd amendment remedies to our government. Whether this murder was politically motivated or just a nut job's rage – I would hope they might consider the tone of their rhetoric.

    January 8, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Paul

    As long as this country has Lax Gun Control Laws, U will see many more "Jared Lee's".

    January 8, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve Lyons

      Not a valid statement. As long as we have divisive radical politicians that cause people to hate them we will have this. I for one want to hear his side of the story so we can learn what motivated him. And the left always blames the victim.

      January 9, 2011 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
    • stejo

      I'm not a fan of guns, but it seems like it's lax enforcement of existing laws that allowed this dude to purchase the gun in the first place.

      January 9, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Lorraine

      Do you have any idea how few people have voiced this comment? What does that say about the American psyche?

      January 9, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ice Man

    Tea Party wack jobs including Palin, spreading hatred and misinformation finally causing dimwits to murder....when will the wacko right media be held responsible?

    January 8, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. glynnkt

    Of course this is very tragic. I'm deeply saddened that no one has pointed to the problem of citizens having access to automatic weapons – reports are that the Glock was legally purchased. Without rounds, this many people simply would not have been harmed. There is no excuse for carrying automatic weapons outside military or police function. It saddens me deeply that no one in standing will stand up to say this out loud.

    January 8, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Since when is this particular model Glock an automatic weapon? It's not autmatic. An automatic weapons continues to fire as long as the trigger stays depressed. This is a semi automatic firearm which means it fires one round for each tim the trigger is pulled.

      January 10, 2011 at 3:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. LostFaith

    This is the fruit of the hatred preached by Sarah Palin and the far right – particularly the tea party. That which you sow so do you reap. They sow hatred and reap violence. The far right and the tea party call themselves Christians and yet love guns and active violence. They are making a mockery of Christianity. I don't believe in Hell...but if I did it was made for people like Sarah Palin.

    January 8, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    Ummm, let's see. A politician is shot at point-blank, and we wonder if it's political motivation or a simple nut-case. Odd.

    January 8, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
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