Rep. Giffords is someone for whom I have a great deal of respect not only for some of her positions, but for the way she works to truly be a representative of the people. She is one of those rare politicians for whom the letter after her name is not the primary signifier. Recently, she was speaking about a bill she has put forth in the House recommending that the members take a 5% pay cut, and - get this - "lead by example." Wow. What a concept. Here she is discussing her plan:
Rep. Giffords was also instrumental in pushing Obama to provide more troops for the Arizona border, a much needed move (though more needs to be done). She is embraced by those on both sides of the aisle for the way she conducts herself, and the way she conducts the work of the people whom she serves.
Giffords is an amazing woman. That some psycho felt compelled to attempt to silence her voice is reprehensible, to put it mildly. I hope, and pray, for her speedy recovery. I pray for strength for her husband, NASA Astronaut, Mark Kelly, as he provides support and comfort to his wife during this difficult time.
To those families who lost loved ones this day, my heart goes out to them all. It is just a shock beyond imagining that such an event, going to meet their representative in a grocery store parking lot, could end in such tragedy. To the family of Federal District Judge John Roll, my deepest sympathy for this senseless loss.
All of their names are not yet known, but to the family of the 9 year old girl, my heart goes out to you, as well as to the others whose lives were lost this day.
My prayers go out to all of those who were wounded, and who are fighting for their lives. This tragedy should never have happened, not in this country, the impact of which is captured in this statement:
[snip] "An attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve," said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in a statement. "Acts and threats of violence against public officials have no place in our society....This is a sad day for our country." [snip] (Click HERE to read the rest.)
Amen to that.
Again, my thoughts and prayers are with Rep. Giffords as she fights to survive this senseless shooting, and to all those, including three members of her staff, who were shot.
And to those who lost their loved ones, I cannot imagine how impossible this must be for you now. Please know that we are with you, we stand by you, we pray for you, and our thoughts are with you all...