By now everyone has heard of the terrible tragedy that occurred today in my adopted home town, Tucson. I am so saddened by this senseless shooting. Gabby was the finest Senator Arizona ever had. She never failed to respond to a letter, unlike my Republican Senators. She fought long and hard for the underdog.
Our hearts go out to the families of the ones who were killed by a deranged 22 year old. And we pray for the recovery of Gabby and the others who were so brutally shot. I can't say it as well as Alan Grayson did so I am reprinting his letter.
Gabby Giffords: A Few Words
Saturday, January 8, 2011 5:56 PM
A reporter called me a little while ago, and told me that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords had been shot at a public event. She is in critical condition.
I'm going to let others comment on what this means for America. I just want to say what it means to me.
Gabrielle Giffords and I served together on the House Committee on Science and Technology. She was the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, and I was a member of that subcommittee. Her D.C. office was one floor above mine.
I saw Gabby dozens, if not hundreds of times, during our two years together. And nearly every time that I can remember, she was smiling.
Gabby is one of the most cheerful, charming and engaging people I have ever known. She's always looking on the bright side. She has something good to say about pretty much everyone. Bad news never lays a glove on her. She loves life, and all the people in it.
No matter what is going on in your life, after fifteen minutes with Gabby, you'll feel that you can touch the stars.
Everyone knew that Gabby would have a tough race in 2010. (She actually won with 49% of the vote.) But I always thought that if each of her constituents could spend that fifteen minutes with her, and see what she is really like, then she would win with 99.9% of the vote. (Same thing about Harry Teague of New Mexico, who lost, and a few others that I could name.) You would want her as your Congressman, because you would want her as your friend.
I know nothing about the man who shot Gabby, and what was going through his mind when he did this. But I will tell you this - if he shot Gabby out of hatred, then it wasn't Gabby he was shooting, but rather some cartoon version of her, drawn by her political opposition. Because there is no way - NO WAY - that anyone who really knows Gabby could hate her or hurt her. She is a kind, gentle soul.
My heart goes out to Mark Kelly, Gabby's husband, and the many, many people who love her. Gabby, we don't want to lose you. Please stay here with us.
Day 2. Gabby is still holding her own. She has survived the first critical 24 hours. Candle light vigils are being held at the hospital and at her headquarters. Two churches are holding prayer services for her today.
The Arizona Daily Star's cartoonist, David Fitzsimmons, was interviewd on CNN and he said what most of us are thinking, He said "the shooting was inevitable in a state with an intense gun culture and politics that are to the rabid right." Although truer words were never spoken he had to write an apology in this morning's paper. I am sure the editor required it. I don't have an editor so I will gladly repeat his words. A state that allows concealed weapons to be taken into a bar has lost it's soul and is asking for tragedy.
Not all Arizonan's are as unbalanced as Russell Pearce (The author of that disgusting immigration law) and Gov. Jan Brewer (the one who lets the poor and helpless die by not funding transplants). Blame Maricopa County for foisting these unconscionable bunch of hard hearted Hannas on us. outrage.