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    Moment of Silence on Anniversary of Shooting Victims in Tucson, Arizona

    by Former Representative Ron Barber

    Posted on 2014-01-08

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    BARBER asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. BARBER. Mr. Speaker, I stand here with my colleagues from the Arizona delegation, both Senate and House, and with very close friends of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords to remember a tragic event that took place 3 years ago today.

    On January 8, 2011, 10:10 a.m., in just 19.6 seconds, 19 people, including Congresswoman Giffords and myself, were shot during a Congress on Your Corner in Tucson, Arizona. This event was democracy in action; a Member of this body, the people's House, was meeting one-on- one with her constituents. Six wonderful people died that day, including my friend, Gabe Zimmerman, my go-to guy on the Congresswoman's staff.

    Tucson and southern Arizona have definitely not been defined by that terrible act. Instead, we are defined by how our community responded. The compassion, love, prayers, and goodwill that poured out has helped all of us heal our broken hearts and bring some good out of that horrific day. Organizations have been established to address the educational needs of children, to prevent bullying, and to reduce the stigma of mental illness and improve those services.

    Congresswoman Giffords continues her remarkable recovery. Her perseverance and determination give hope to others. She is a true inspiration to the country and the world. You might have noted that, earlier today, she jumped out of an airplane and took a tandem dive-- her second skydive. This woman's resilience has no bounds.

    Sadly, in the last 3 years, other communities have been struck by similar senseless acts of violence. The most fitting memorial would be to take action to prevent another such tragedy. As a shooting survivor, a grandfather, and a Member of Congress, I am determined to do so. I know that many others in this body and in the Senate have the same aspiration.

    Let us never forget the 6 people that died that fateful day: 9-year- old Christina-Taylor Green; Dorothy Morris; U.S. District Court Judge John Roll; Phyllis Schneck; Dorwan Stoddard; and my friend and colleague, Gabe Zimmerman.

    Mr. Speaker, I would now ask that the House observe a moment of silence in remembrance of these good people.

    The SPEAKER. Members will rise and observe a moment of silence.


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