Members of the United States Congress have released statements regarding the tragic shooting of fellow congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
“We are all shocked and saddened by the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and other innocent people today,” said U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg in a written statement. “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 Senator Robert Menendez also shared a statement.
“I am deeply saddened to hear of the attack on Congresswoman Giffords, her staffers, a federal judge and other innocent bystanders – an attack that has taken lives. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims. The latest medical update on the congresswoman is certainly encouraging and it is a ray of sunshine on an otherwise dark day. While many details of this horrific incident are still unknown, including the motivation of the attacker, one thing is clear: this was a vicious and intolerable act that contradicts the values on which our great nation is built,” Menendez said.