Congresswoman Giffords recovering after mass shooting

POSTED: Monday, January 10, 2011 - 5:11pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:53am

TUCSON, Ariz. -- it was breaking news this weekend, an Arizona congress woman shot at a public meeting in a grocery store. Now, Legislators in Texas are speaking out about the tragedy.

20 people shot and six dead after a mass shooting at an event in Arizona held by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Now the Congresswoman is fighting for her life after being shot at point blank range in the head: a moment described by many in Congress as horrific.

"It is certainly a tragedy, but we need to respect the memory of those that were lost. Hopefully, the Congresswoman comes along, and hopefully, these are minimal episodes," said Rep. Charles "DOC" Anderson.

Witnesses say the shooter, 22-year-old Jared Loughner,  seemed ready to reload after shooting 20 people.

We still don't have a clear idea of Loughner's motive, but many politicians say it's time to band together.

"Hopefully, what comes out of this is politicians and citizens alike are more civil to one another when discussing political issues," said Baylor Political Science Professor, Patrick Flavin.

Among those killed were a Federal Judge, Gifford's aide and 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green.

Congressman Bill Flores and Sen. John Conrnyn both say they are saddened by the senseless act, and they hope Loughner will be brought to justice as quickly as possible.

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