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Jan082011

Congresswoman Giffords: Reaction To Arizona Shooting

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ colleagues on Capitol Hill quickly denounced her tragic shooting in Arizona on Saturday that left at least one dead and others critically wounded.

“I am horrified by the violent attack on Representative Gabrielle Giffords and many other innocent people by a wicked person who has no sense of justice or compassion,” said Republican John McCain, the state’s senior senator.

For many lawmakers, Saturday’s shooting in Tucson was an indication of the heated political rhetoric that has escalated in recent years.

“We are in a dark place right now in this country politically,” Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-MO, told ABC News in an interview. “We can no longer disagree and simply try to resolve our disagreements and come up with a policy that both sides can in some ways embrace. We’ve come to a point now where if we disagree we are enemies, and we spend a great amount of time planning ways to dismember each other politically and it all begins with campaigns… I think people overlook the fact that the campaigns are becoming nastier and nastier, and more and more personal, and when that happens, after the election, people are still bruised.”

Speaker of the House John Boehner said that “an attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve,” while Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid noted that “this is a sad day for our country and acts of senseless violence such as this one affect us all.”

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