NC Lawmakers react to Giffords shooting

January 8, 2011 4:21:30 PM PST
North Carolina's congressional delagation reacted to the news that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot Saturday:

Senator Kay R. Hagan:

"Today's shooting in Arizona is an absolute tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords, her family and staff, and the families of those injured and killed."

Rep. Brad Miller:

"I am grieved by the attack on Gabrielle Giffords. Gabby is a friend. We served together on the House Science and Technology Committee and were both subcommittee chairs. We've worked together on many NASA issues. She is a conscientious member of the committee and of Congress. I am praying for her and for her family."

Rep. Larry Kissell:

"I am honored to not only call Congresswoman Giffords a colleague, but also a true friend. Her selfless hard work on behalf of the people of her district is a true testament to her dedication to helping others. I ask you to join me in praying for Gabby's recovery, as well as all of the victims and families that have been touched by this senseless tragedy. My staff and I will be keeping Gabby, her family and all members of her staff in our thoughts and prayers as we try to make sense of this deplorable act."

Rep. David Price:

"This unspeakable act of violence is an enormous tragedy. The thoughts and prayers of my wife Lisa and me are with Congresswoman Giffords, her family, her staff, the other victims of this horrible shooting and all affected members of their community."

"Congresswoman Giffords is my friend and we have worked together closely on Homeland Security matters. She has been instrumental in educating members of Congress on security issues along the southwest border and she was the driving force behind a border security supplemental appropriations bill passed last summer. In just four years, she has impressed me and her other colleagues with her warmth, dedication and effectiveness. We fervently wish for her full recovery."

Rep. Renee Ellmers:

"I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the senseless attack on Congresswoman Giffords and others in Arizona today. According to early reports, there have been several confirmed deaths, including those of Judge John Roll and a nine-year-old child. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this horrific act and their families, staff and friends.

I would like to commend the swift reaction of first responders today. As a former emergency room critical care nurse, I will be praying for those doctors and nurses as they continue to care for the wounded, as well as for the law enforcement officials working to apprehend and bring to justice those involved in this horrific attack."

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