WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar, DDS (AZ-01) spoke on the House Floor sending his thoughts and prayers to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, those injured in the Tucson shooting and those who lost their lives. He will be attending the Memorial Service in Tucson later today.
“Mr. Speaker, I ask for unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks.
“I stand here today with a heavy heart as I give my prayers to Representative Giffords and her family, as well as my condolences to the other victims of the rampage in Tucson.
“I speak not just for myself and my family, but for the citizens of my district in Arizona, and so many others, who are saddened and outraged by this senseless act.
“Gabby is more than Arizona’s third female Congresswoman. She is first and foremost an American who has devoted much of her life to public service.
“There are risks with public service, we cannot deny that. But Gabby has powerful beliefs, and she came to DC to represent the people of her District and everyone knows she is tireless.
“Gabby has the grit of a fighter, and the tenacity of a woman on a mission. It is that heart, that grit and that tenacity that I pray will continue to serve her well and speed her recovery.
“I hope that the day is soon coming that I get to greet Gabby with open arms and welcome her back to the floor of this House. There is so much that we have yet to do, together, for Arizona and our country.
“I look forward to working with Gabby on the issues of our day and hearing her spirited voice.
“Let me add further: the acts of a criminal will not stop us from meeting our people. We will not be deterred, we will not be intimidated, and we will not abandon the people of Arizona because of the murderous acts of a deranged killer.
“Gabby read the First Amendment on the floor of the House just days before she was shot. That amendment provides that the people shall have the right to petition their government and gives the people of this nation a voice to speak on the issues important to them. Gabby did not just read the First Amendment, she lived it.
“She was living it on the very day someone tried to kill her.
“Let us continue to pray for the recovery of the wounded. Let us pray for a full recovery for Gabby. Let us pray for the families who lost a loved one. Let us pray for the mothers and fathers who lost a child. And let us pray that God will continue to guide us in everything we do.
“Thank you Mr. Speaker, I yield back the balance of my time.”
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