According to CNN, on Saturday, Jan. 8, a shooting in Tucson, Ariz., killed six people and left Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shot in the head. A total of 18 people were shot by Jared Lee Loughner, causing a huge amount of sorrow for the country. Tom Fuente, from CNN said that Sheriff Clarence Dupniks is frustrated and his remarks are very emotional.
On Monday, Obama led the country in a moment of silence for the grief of this tragedy, which, he said, “speaks to the best of America even in the face of such mindless violence.”
Officials aren’t sure of the motive of this tragedy yet. Since Giffords has been targeted before, investigators think there might be a possibility of rhetoric actions against her. They also feel Loughner might just have a hate toward government officials. A recent update from The Huffington Post says that Loughner is being held in jail without bail. He will be facing five counts of murder and counts of attempted murder of other federal employees.
Democrat Steve Farley from Tucson said we now have the challenge of getting over this polarization of politics. Congress hopes this country can come together and discuss these issues like civil human beings. Everyone is very upset and angry over this whole ordeal. President Obama said:
“I think it is important for us to also focus, though, on extraordinary courage that was shown during the course of these events, citing the wounded woman who helped secure the ammunition, the college student who ran into the line of fire to rescue his boss and those who wrestled the gunman to the ground during the attack.”
All of Congress will have to be overly cautious to keep it from happening again. U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver said, “There is no place in American society for such senseless and terrible acts of extreme violence.”
Many lawmakers said they will not let this change their way of doing things. Rep. Hank Johnson said, “I will not be afraid of my citizens.” Unfortunately, Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz has let it change him, as he said he is going to be carrying a gun from now on.
This will be on the Congress’ minds for a long time, but it shouldn’t stop them from having their public events. This would be bad for Congress and our country, as we need to stay close together. This right now proves that we should not back down from fear. We all need to give prayers and thoughts to everyone who was involved or lost someone.
Michael Martinez, “Shooting Throws Spotlight on State of U.S.Political Rhetoric,” www.cnn.com
Amanda Terkel, “Tucson Shooting Updates, Anonymous Dem House Member Weighs In,” www.huffingtonpost.com
Matthew Jaffe, “Congressional Staffers Shaken But United by Arizona Shooting,” abcnews.go.com
Sam Quinones and Michael Muskal, “Loughner: Alleged Arizona Shooter Jared Lee Loughner in court”, www.latimes.com