Saturday, January 8, 2011
Rep. Giffords Shot
If you ever wonder why Congresspeople are leery about meeting in public with constituents, this might be a worst-case example.
Motives are still not clear, but Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ 8) was shot in the head while at a public meeting outside a supermarket in Tuscon. Several others were wounded including members of her staff. President Barack Obama just announced that five people were dead in the shooting including U.S. District Judge John Roll and a nine-year-old child.
Congressional representatives, senators, and really officeholders in general serve us at great risk sometimes. That risk extends to their families, staff members, and others around them. They are truly special people that...even if you don't agree with them...deserve our respect and admiration.
My thoughts and prayers are with the families and the victims of this senseless tragedy. MSNBC reports that Congresswoman Giffords is showing good signs and responding to commands. I certainly wish her a speedy recovery as well as a speedy recovery to everyone injured in this attack.
May those responsible be brought to justice.