Shooting shakes nation

January 13, 2011

by Editorial Staff, STAFF REPORT

A deadly weekend may cause Congress members to re-evaluate safety after an Arizona Representative was shot Saturday morning during a meet and greet with her constituents in Tucson, Ariz.

Jared Loughner, 22 of Tucson, opened fire on a crowd near a Safeway grocery store Saturday. Targeted was Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat who was meeting with citizens for her “Congressman on Your Corner” event.

Giffords was shot through and through the temple when her aide, David Hernandez, who was helping others who were shot, rushed to her side to apply pressure to the wound and keep her conscious. Though numerous news organizations reported that Giffords was killed by the gunshot, it was later released that she had only been wounded but was rushed to surgery. Six were killed in the shooting, including U.S. District Judge John Roll and one of Giffords’ staffers. Others killed included a 9-year-old girl and three retirees.

Because of the deadly event, congressmen have been making statements that have shown they will not be deterred from their objectives because of an unstable individual. Democrat Rep. Lynn Woolsey and Mike Thompson of California said they will not react in fear. They plan to still hold public forums saying such incidents should not be allowed to undermine the democratic process. Louisiana Sen. David Vitter said he and his wife will continue to send wishes of a quick recovery to Giffords in an interview with ABC.

“Wendy and I join all other Louisianans in praying urgently and fervently for Congresswoman Giffords and those others who were shot at her town hall meeting,” Vitter said. “This is a horrible, despicable attack on good people and on our very democracy.”

As a result of the shooting, lawmakers have said the fight for the repeal of the health care bill President Barack Obama signed in 2010 has been pushed to an undisclosed date.

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