01.08.11

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Mass Shooting In Tucson

Vermonters’ deepest sympathies are with the victims and their families, and so is our solidarity with them.

We hope and pray for the recovery of Congresswoman Giffords and all who were injured.  We mourn the loss of Chief Judge John Roll of the Federal District Court of Arizona and offer our condolences to his family, friends and staff.

I applaud the President’s decision to ask FBI Director Mueller to personally marshal federal investigative resources on the scene.  I will continue to monitor progress of the investigation.

This mass shooting at a public gathering targeting public officials, citizens and staff adds another layer of concern to this tragedy.  Any assault on representative democracy must not be allowed to succeed in thwarting or muting citizens’ access to their elected representatives.

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