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House Honors Giffords, Passes Resolution That Condemns Tucson Shooting

January 17, 2011 by  

House honors Giffords, passes resolution that condemns Tucson shootingThe House of Representatives approved a resolution on Jan. 12 that condemned the recent shooting in Tucson, Ariz. that killed six people and wounded 14, including Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).

The six-hour session served as a platform for lawmakers to honor Giffords, recognize the deceased and praise the first responders who may have saved lives. An emotional Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) opened the proceedings, which was temporarily halted for a bipartisan, non-denominational prayer service in the Capitol Visitors Center.

"Our hearts are broken, but our spirit is not," said Boehner, according to media reports. "This is a time for the House to lock arms in prayer for the fallen and wounded and resolve to carry on a dialogue for democracy."

Although most of the comments on the House floor centered around Giffords and the other shooting victims, some lawmakers used the stage as an opportunity to address political rhetoric. House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said that while the shooter's motives are unknown, pundits should quell the "heightened anger" against those who disagree with their political beliefs.

The chamber adjourned for the week out of respect for the victims. Brad Dayspring, a spokesman for Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said that the new legislative schedule, which is expected to include a vote to repeal President Barack Obama's healthcare law, "will be announced at the appropriate time," several media outlets reported. 

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  • alexsilcox

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  • rosina

    GIFFORD WAS INJURED AND IS RECOVERING.
    I am wondering WHy no mention is ever made of the dead Judge, among others?
    I expect it is because he was a REPUBLICAN and so does not matter so much? At least, to the liberal media and the demoncraps!

    • JC

      Not only was he a Republican, he was a staunch opponent of Obamacare and The Federal (open door) Border Policy as well. Kind of convenient for the Obamunistas isn’t it?

    • Kinetic1

      Rosina,
      I have heard plenty about the judge, even on Progressive radio. I have heard about the trouble he was having with his court room, about the large case load he was carrying due to open seats in his district. I have heard that he was there to thank the Congresswomen for her help in the matter. I’ve heard about his life and his family, but in the end, he is gone. The news about Ms. Giffords continues because she is recovering. Her story is inspiring because she is fighting her way back against seemingly impossible odds. This has nothing to do with party affiliation and everything to do with what sells in news papers and television.

      • 45caliber

        True.

      • Kinetic1

        I forgot to mention that, had they not taken a break they would be talking about the repeal of health care. Given that the polls are showing more support for “Obama care” and the inevitable veto of anything they come up with, do you think the Republicans really want to fight health care when the news is all about Congresswomen Giffords’ recovery? It’s just not good strategy.

        • http://naver samurai

          Sorry forgetful one, but the polls are not in favor of Obama Bin Laden Care. It sure isn’t in Indiana. I wish you libs would quit blowing smoke. The death of the federal judge and the wounds sustained by Giffords were tragedies, but they have nothing to do with the passing or overturning of Obama Bin Laden Care. How the h*** can you sit there and say, “well, let’s not overturn it because of what happened.” You libs really take the cake for being morons! Giffords is recovering, that’s good news, the crazy fool who did the shooting has been sent to the here-after, that’s good news, but what about the ones that didn’t make it? You think that Obama Bin Laden Care should be more important to you than that girl that was born on 09-11-2001? Soory, but it’s already on the chopping block as we speak. I predict its downfall. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

    • 45caliber

      rosina:

      I saw in an European newspaper that the judge made a ruling that the Oblama administration REALLY didn’t like three days before he was shot. They were wondering aloud if the shooting of the Congresswoman was a coverup of his murder. (But I’d never say that. After all, they might want to silence me too…)

    • Dogma-Free

      Umm…last I checked, this site was an ultra-far-right loon-job political site, not a Democratic site…but, hey…whatever makes you feel better about yourselves, I guess.

      Anyways, having said that, I too noticed that no mention of the slain judge was being made, on either side…probably because the NRA doesn’t want you to focus on another corpse riddled with bullet holes, but rather to focus on the endearing story of a (or rather, yet another) victim of a GUN CRIME who looks like she will pull through…hallelujah.

      I mean, it’s aside from the fact that the bullet from the legally purchased GUN of the GUN OWNER, had ripped through the left side of Gabrielle’s brain…the side that controls speech, consciousness, memory, behavioral control, sensation, vision, spatial awareness, coordination, etc.

      At present, half of her skull has been removed to allow her brain to safely swell, a procedure known as a hemicraniectomy. Once the swelling subsides, and if all goes well, it will then be re-attached after further surgeries and she’ll face years of rehabilitation.

      The truth is that she will never return to office, let alone live what most of us consider a normal life.

      Again, these are things the right, and especially the NRA (and other far-right loons) don’t want you to think about…along with the death of the judge, and five other human lives.

      They also don’t want you to think about the fact that 19 people in all were shot that day, and that GUNS make it easy to KILL many people en masse, since that’s exactly what they were designed to do.

      They also don’t want you to focus on the fact that Sarah Palin, Jesse Kelly, and the nut-jobs of the Tea Party…should all be prosecuted in these GUN SLAYINGS, for the part they played in all of this.

      But as usual, Justice will NOT be served in America, since you all chose to not hold former presidunce George W. Bush and his criminal co-conspirators accountable for their war crimes.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        Dogma,
        you are so full of $hit your eye have got to be brown!!! The only one responsible for these murders is the murderer himself!! But then you progressives always DID hate the thought of personal responsibility!!! The only ones that MIGHT have a LITTLE culpability are the few that knew he was sick and because of political correctness did nothing to bring him to the attention of the authorities!!!

      • http://naver samurai

        Who the h*** are you talking to, moron? First, the wars are now in Obama Bin Laden’s court and he has to deal with them. Second, if you remember right, guns don’t kill people, people kill people. What’s really responsible for the murders, the gun or the crazed lib holding the gun? I think it’s about time for you to be making that popping noise. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

      • JIBBS

        Are you really that stupid ?

  • 2WarAbnVet

    Just why did they feel it necessary to pass a “resolution” to condemn the shooting? This seems like a feel-good waste of time, as the wickedness of the action is all too self-apparent. Oh well, while Congress is passing useless “resolutions” it isn’t figuring out how to steal our money or freedom.

    • Kinetic1

      2War,
      If the press reported every “feel good” resolution debated on the floor there would be a rebellion. The House congratulated Joe Paterno on his 400th win as Penn State football coach and the town of Tarboro, N.C., on its 250th anniversary, celebrated the Hollywood Walk of Fame’s 50th anniversary, declared country music a distinctly American art form and congratulated the Saratoga Race Course on its 142nd season. Some in Congress feel that these resolutions provide a needed break from partisanship and are good for the people in their districts. Others, like Newt Gingrich find the idea of National Asparagus Month, Wine Appreciation Week and National Fragrance Week a waste of time and tried to stop the practice. Needless to say, he failed. Eric Cantor is said to be ready to try again, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. Reps on both sides continue to bring these resolutions to the floor and there’s no sign that they will be stopping anytime soon.

    • Les

      But wait, it was “One of their own” that was attacked (and some peasants that got in the way too). We are viewing the sickening side of DC on parade. The elite are different, they are special, they are above the struggles and chaos that they create and they are entitled for life because they can buy an election with your credit card. They are sick! They are so touchy feely in their special bubble and so “kinder than thou” with your money.

    • JIBBS

      I thought the same thing, a waste of six hour’s.

  • http://personalliberty.com Rusty

    Did I miss something? Wasn’t already against many laws to shoot people. Double secret probation lives

  • LEL MN

    Why is it necessary for the House to pass seemingly obvious, certainly meaningless, resolutions? A display of “unity” ? Can America’s elected “representative” become any more contemptible?

    (Typed this before seeing 2WarAbnVet’s comment – which I whole heartedly agree with.)

  • J.M.R.

    TO BAD THEY DON’T HAVE UNITY FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WHICH IS WHAT THEY ARE PAID TO DO. THEY ONLY WORK REAL HARD AT MAKING THINGS WORSE FOR THE REAL AMERICANS, THE BILL PAYERS.

  • john

    So what it boils down to is they voted themselves another paid vacation!

    • http://www.superiorhomebuilderscorp.com Martin

      I was wondering the same think John. In my business, a week off means I keep paying the bills. I guess they are on a different level than us working guys.

  • Carol

    This and twenty-five (25cents) will get you on the phone this is nothing nothing at all except our tax monies are wasted.

  • Steve

    GET BACK TO WORK YOU JACKLEGS!

    DID YOU FORGET THERE’S SOME SERIOUS PROBLEMS IS THIS COUNTRY THAT OUR GOVERNMENT HAS CREATED AND WE THE PEOPLE WANT YOU TO FIX THEM. I DOUBT THAT ARIZONA HAS THE MARKET CORNERED ON CRAZIES.

  • s c

    Say what you want. Think what you want. Passing a resolution because of a tragic event in Arizona won’t give America a better Congress.
    Most likely, this opportunity gives our wannabe Einsteins a chance to go through the motions of getting along. It’s probably a form of mental masturbation, considering the ‘mental talent’ found in Washington these days.
    I can’t wait to see these world-class thinkers sitting on the floor (holding hands?) when Obummer gives his next important speech. It will be just like kindergarten again, where little boys and girls get to impress their parents (and some useful idiot voters).

  • Bert Cundle

    There must be Thousands of people Talking about it… Yet: I haven’t heard a word from the shooter… The one that should be talking!!!

    • 45caliber

      He is obviously not saying what they want us to hear.

  • 45caliber

    Really important legislation. I’m sure that the condemnation of this shooting is really going to change the US. Aren’t you?

  • chuckb

    i condemn liberals every day and so far little result, congressional condemnation means what? is this scary or not.
    these blowhards should be condemning obamacare and stop all this idolic worshiping and the demos wanting to hold hands with the republicans. where was the partisanship when the demos had control of congress? now aome of these weak kneed rino’s are probably wetting their pants at the idea. we don’t need them to get along with each other, that’s dangerous, the republicans always seem to come out losers when they try to be nice to the communist side of congress.
    no gun control bills, we have the majority, now lets see these wimps start acting like men.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      chuckb,
      This is the time for these wimps to pass legislation that states that a bill can only be for the title, no riders!! Ten page limit, plain english, no legalese, Straight to the point and EXACTLY what the bill is about!!

  • Arizona Don

    We should all abhor, no matter what political party, the fact so many in the liberal media are blaming Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, and Glenn Beck along with several other conservatives, for the recent senseless murders in Tucson, Arizona. This action is beyond reasonable understanding.

    The majority of the intelligent population is aware of exactly what these, so called, media people are doing. Are Katie Couric, George Stephanopoulos, Brian Williams and all the other so called opinion news reporters like Keith Olbermann and Ed Shultz, all so brain dead they believe the lies they are spewing. If so, we are in more trouble, in this country, than previously thought. Furthermore, placing blame, correctly or incorrectly never solves problems. In some cases however, it does help coverup real problems, this could very well be one of those cases.

    It seems these people think being a hunter makes that person a violent person, or being a gun owner makes that person a killer and yet these same people defend the people who flew the airliners into the towers and the pentagon and also think cold blooded murderers should not be put to death by violent means. But unborn babies should be killed if the potential mother decides she doesn’t want it or changed her mind about the father. How can any group get so twisted in their beliefs. Has the organizations we citizens depend on for information become oblivious to the problem(s) or have they decided to support converting to Socialism, Marxism or Fascism, because they think it will help them personally. There is no wonder Fox News is doing so well and the others are dying on the vine, they (Fox) are the only ones using any intelligent reasoning and providing the truth.

    Our founders considered a free press the fourth branch of government, the watch dog, if you will, of our governments internal workings. If there is anywhere these great people erred it is the free press. Not of course that it shouldn’t be free but that they, the founders, thought everyone would be honest in the free press. I suspect they never considered, those with the power of the free press could be corrupted as they are today.

    Should we appreciate the goal of all the politicians proposing additional laws to attempt to stop future situations like the shooting in Tucson, Arizona. There is nothing wrong with that, there is something wrong with the idea any of these laws will ever curtail this type of action by a criminal. But understanding the desire to quell such attacks in the future is completely understandable, that’s what we all want. Going about that end successfully demands considerable understanding of the problem. Additional laws, according to history, is not the answer and will undoubtable not provide the desired results but instead create more problems. It is difficult to understand why the so called gun control advocates do not understand taking the guns from honest citizens enhances the criminal, and will never stop criminals from killing. Here is just another example of not being able to reason with an unreasonable person.

    Nothing over and above the current laws will curtail future acts like the shooting in Tucson. There is no law that can be made that will ever preemptively stop a killer determined to succeed in that goal that is not already on record. Hasn’t even our president Obama demonstrated that, even if he didn’t realize it when he said, in jest, “you bring a knife we bring a gun.” His point was we are determined to succeed and nothing you do will stop us. That demonstrates the mind set of determined criminals. Not that President Obama is, or acted like, a criminal in this case.

    Banning guns, ammunition, large clips or anything else the politicians can do or any law they may put in the books will never stop a determined killer. If hand guns are banned within 1000 feet of a member of congress they could take a rifle and shoot from 1, 2 , 3 or more hundred yards. It does not have to be a large magazine it can be a single shot. Furthermore, even if guns were outlawed totally it would not stop these things. It is possible to get a gun, if it is desired, even if it is illegal. Why is it impossible for gun control activists to understand this. Guns are illegal in Mexico. Thousands of people have been killed in the border towns and throughout the country with illegal guns. A victim is just as dead with an illegal gun as a legal one.

    Have we not learned anything from the terrorist. How many of those killed in terrorist attacks have been with guns. The weapon of choice is bombs. If a determined killer cannot get a gun perhaps they will use a bomb. Bombs are already illegal for the citizens to own. Does that really guarantee us no one will ever have a bomb?

    Some of the gun control advocates believe making it harder to get guns will slow them down (of course it will not, and can never stop them), and yet they use the opposite reasoning on the border fence by stating “if we build the fence, they will dig under it or go over it with a ladder so why build a fence.” That reasoning is not justified; there are an estimated 250 million guns in this country, a number that can never be reduced to zero. There are not 250 million tunnels and ladders under and over the border. Another good analogy is these same people contend we can never send 12 million illegal aliens back to their respective country so why try, just give them citizenship and problem solved. But we can get rid of 250 million guns? I would like someone who advocates gun control to explain that reasoning.

    The current proposed answer(s) to the problem is no solution. Perhaps it should be done medically. It was known this guy was looney tunes but no one acted on that information or notified anyone to act on that information. Are the parents and the college personal at fault? Everyone who knew the guy was nuts is partly to blame for the deaths just like the superiors to the military shooter at Fort Hood.

    No amount of security can ever protect someone if the assassin is determined to succeed. Consequently, punishment may be our only hope of stopping this type of thing. If we remain so pacifistic we do not wish to use capital punishment and use it swiftly nothing will change. This nut was caught red handed and we are still calling him a suspect. Try him and hang him publicly. Swift justice curtails violence. Swift public justice curtails violence swiftly. Everyone of these victims could be alive today if we, as a nation, were not more sympathetic to the perpetrator of a crime than the victim.

  • Abby

    It appears Crime is a big business and getting bigger.
    A thought to ponder.Several years ago we were at an affair and I was talking to an acquaintance who happened to be a Lawyer.
    I asked him. Louis who would you prefer to defend, a Guilty or an Innocent person. Without batting an eye he answered back immediately. A Guilty person. I was quite surprised and asked Why. His answer was quick.Appeals.
    I just heard on the TV that an attempt will be made to hold his trial in San Diego. This is a waste of time and money.Everything needed is in Tucson.
    There is sufficient witnesses available to verify he killed 6 people.
    The verdict should be the Death Penalty the date of execution should be set at the trial to be 6 months from the date of sentencing. This will allow any loose ends to be secured. Any loose ends will be automatically terminated on this date.
    For those who may think he should be be rehabilitated I say it is a waste of time and money and he will still be a threat.
    For those who think the method of execution is cruel and inhuman I can sympathize with them. As an alternative I suggest using the same method on him as he used on his victims.
    Have you ever wondered why everyone at a trial but the Lawyers are sworn in. It seems to me that many of them should be tried for Obstruction of Justice.
    One last item. Ruling by Judge William Young, US District Court
    You may remember this as the Shoe Bomber. He attempted to blow up a plane load of people over a large city.
    For this he as warded 3 Life Sentences, 80 years,30 years, 2 million dollars fine, a special restitution of $6,082.17, a special assessment of $800 and a five year Supervised Release.
    He closed by saying It is a fair and just sentence. It is a righteous sentence.
    A more practical approach would have been to fit him with a new set of high explosive skivvies and set it off.This would save a lot of costs involved with room, board, medical etc. Not to mention other damage he would be involved with while he is serving out his prison terms.

    • Bert Cundle

      A more practical approach would have been to fit him with a new set of high explosive skivvies and set it off////////\ That is “Planed Mayham”. Unlawful… But Cutting off of the hand,of a thief is a punishment.

  • eric

    What have we come to? Congress needs to spend 6 hrs “passing a resolution” to condemn murder.And now they have to go on vacation out of respect for the victims.
    I wish Congress would go on permanent vacation out of respect for the American people,,,ooops, is this “hate speech” yet?

    • JIBBS

      Why waste the money on explosive’s, hemp rope is cheap and can be used several times.

  • Doug Rodrigues

    Congress was so quick to pass a “feel good” resolution, but so s-l-o-w in getting anything done requiring logical thought. Oh…maybe not. Perhaps they’ve been busy naming Post Offices or sending birthday greetings to a senior citizens somewhere. That’s where their expertise seems best applied.

  • http://SHTFAmerica.blogspot.com Drake Pendragon

    SHTF Times, America: Gang Raped By Congress

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