Congresswoman Martha McSally

Representing the 2nd District of Arizona

U.S. Rep. McSally Leads Moment of Silence on House Floor for Victims of January 8 Shooting

January 8, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative McSally today led the House of Representatives in a moment of silence honoring the victims of the January 8, 2011 shooting in Tucson, Arizona.

Click to watch the moment of silence below:

Transcript

Mr. Speaker, I rise today with my colleagues from Arizona and across the country to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the shooting that took place on January 8, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona.

Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was meeting with her constituents when a gunman opened fire. He killed 6 people and injured 13 more, including the Congresswoman.

Last year when I led this moment of silence, many people in this chamber could only imagine being the target of a gunman. This year, even more members of Congress have lived that reality. Majority Whip Steve Scalise narrowly escaped with his life, thanks to the quick action of brave Capitol police.

Hateful violence against elected officials is not an attack on any particular individual. It isn’t an attack on a party. It is an attack on our representative government and the ideals that underpin our democracy.

But I believe our nation can chart a new course.

Where there has been division, there can be unity.

Where there has been hatred, there can be understanding.

Where there has been vitriol, there can be civil discourse.

In the aftermath of the 2011 shooting, Tucson united to support the grieving, honor the victims, and commend our first responders. Just this morning my hometown dedicated the January 8 Memorial in downtown Tucson.

And tonight, we remember those we lost:

Christina Taylor Green

Dorothy Morris

Judge John Roll

Phyllis Schneck

Dorwan Stoddard

Gabriel "Gabe" Zimmerman

Mr. Speaker, I would now ask that the House rise and observe a moment of silence in remembrance.