Class Act in Tucson

Wonderful letter from Mark Kelly, husband of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, released yesterday evening, and published in the Tucson Sentinel newspaper:

On behalf of Gabby and our entire family, I want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the people of Arizona and this great nation for their unbelievable outpouring of support. Gabby was doing what she loved most – hearing from her constituents – when this tragedy occurred. Serving Southern Arizonans is her passion, and nothing makes her more proud than representing them in Congress.

Like all Americans, we mourn the loss of Judge John M. Roll, Christina Taylor Green, Dorothy Morris, Phyllis Schneck, Dorwan Stoddard and Gabe Zimmerman, a fine man and beloved member of Gabby’s team. We must never forget them, and our prayers are with their families. Our hearts go out to everyone injured yesterday; we hope and pray for their quick recovery. We also extend our thanks and appreciation to all of the first responders, medical personnel, law enforcement, and Arizona citizens who acted swiftly on Saturday and continue to assist our community through this tragedy. Many stories of heroism are emerging, and they are a source of strength for us during this difficult time. We are forever grateful.

Many of you have offered help. There is little that we can do but pray for those who are struggling. If you are inspired to make a positive gesture, consider two organizations that Gabby has long valued and supported: Tucson’s Community Food Bank and the American Red Cross.

It should go without saying, but non the less, we must – this horrible tragedy appears today to be the result of a single person, a 22-year-old young man, who was terribly disordered and possible deranged.  Our US history is full of like type men who have carried out similar actions, and sad to say, they will continue to do so in the future.

It is a mistake to believe that ‘vitriolic rhetoric’ is the cause – we have had crazy political talk in the US my entire life, from the civil rights marches in Selma, assassinations of JFK, MLK, RFK, the Viet Nam war protesters, hippies, anarchists, the elections of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush,  the Gulf War, the Iraq War, the War in Afghanistan, etc.

‘Vitriolic Rhetoric’ is always on hand when pro-life protesters meet abortion supporters, which will continue into the foreseeable future.

The blame for these crimes are not to be placed anywhere but in the hands of the killers and assassins – no one else, (excellently reviewed by Ross Douthat in the NYTimes and Glenn Reynolds in the WSJ).

Please remember, right now, to say a prayer for those killed and injured, with their families, yesterday in Tucson.

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