PHOENIX - Lawmakers and friends are reacting to the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson Saturday morning.
Arizona State Rep. Kyrsten Sinema spoke with ABC15's Christina Boomer as she boarded a plane in Denver, Colorado to return to Phoenix.
Sinema was clearly fighting back tears as she spoke about Giffords.
Sinema said she worries about the "civility" of Arizona and of the country's political discourse.
Listen to Sinema's interview in the attached video clip.
U.S. Rep. David Schweikert from Arizona's 5th District released the following statement:
“Joyce and I are joining hands in heartfelt prayers for Rep. Giffords and all the other victims of this tragedy. It is unconscionable and while we are still awaiting all the details, we urge all Arizonans and Americans to pray for the victims of this terrible tragedy.”
Congressman Paul Gosar:
“Today our thoughts and prayers are with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, her family, her staff, and those injured in this horrible tragedy. Gabrielle is a selfless public servant and we are all praying for her.”
U.S. Senator John McCain:
“I am horrified by the violent attack on Representative Gabrielle Giffords and many other innocent people by a wicked person who has no sense of justice or compassion. I pray for Gabby and the other victims, and for the repose of the souls of the dead and comfort for their families. I beg our loving Creator to spare the lives of those who are still alive, heal them in body and spirit, and return them to their loved ones.
“Whoever did this; whatever their reason, they are a disgrace to Arizona, this country and the human race, and they deserve and will receive the contempt of all decent people and the strongest punishment of the law.”
U.S. Senator Jon Kyl:
“Caryll and I send our most heartfelt condolences to the family of Judge John Roll and the others who were killed and injured today in Tucson. Judge Roll, who presided over the federal District Court in Arizona, was an exceptional judge and a good friend.
“We pray for the recovery of Representative Giffords and the others who remain in critical condition. Congresswoman Giffords is also a good friend, and I find it especially saddening that such a heinous crime would occur while she was fulfilling her congressional responsibilities.
“All of us will work to ensure that justice will be served fully and swiftly.”
Congressman Trent Franks:
"Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is a precious, decent human being, and the monstrous degenerate that shot her should be prosecuted with the greatest energy that we can muster to the fullest extent of the law possible.
"The last thing I saw Rep. Giffords doing on the floor of the House of Representatives was reading the First Amendment of our Constitution; and while she was out exercising that right under that same amendment, some monster reportedly shot her at point blank range.
"We should make it clear to such evil individuals that free people in a Constitutional Republic such as ours will not be intimated by this kind of evil.
"There is a hole in my heart on behalf of the entire Giffords family and her friends and loved ones. I am praying for Gabrielle and all of those who love her."
U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva:
"I am sickened by the horrific attack in Tucson today and saddened by this senseless violence. This is a tragedy for Arizona, our nation, and our democracy. Gabrielle never let fear or intimidation prevent her from serving the people of Arizona. My thoughts and prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords, her husband Mark, her staff, all those who were injured, and their families."
U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor:
“I’m very happy that the doctors appeared optimistic that Gabby (Rep. Gabrielle Gifford) is going to recover. But I was deeply saddened to hear about Judge Roll. Recently, we were working with him on issues with the federal courts in Arizona. I would like to extend my condolences and prayers to all the victims and their families.
Hopefully this will show the American people that we can’t settle our disagreements with bodily harm. We have the right to disagree, but not in a disagreeable manner.”
Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin:
"My sincere condolences are offered to the family of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the other victims of today's tragic shooting in Arizona. On behalf of Todd and my family, we all pray for the victims and their families, and for peace and justice."
Arizona Senate President-elect Russell Pearce:
“I am shocked and saddened by the shooting this morning in Tucson. My heart goes out to the families of the victims.
“I worked alongside Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the Arizona Legislature. Although of different parties she was a fine colleague, a great lady and is an outstanding public servant. I am saying prayers for Gabby, her husband and her family and for all the victims and families and pray for full recoveries.
“I learned about the shooting as we gathered with Republicans from all over Maricopa County for
our organizational meeting. We immediately suspended all activities and we had a moment of silence for all of the victims and prayed for the families of those who died or were injured in this senseless act. This is an attack on everything we stand for. Some of these families will never recover and will be victims for the rest of their lives.
“Violence has no place in politics in Arizona or America. This is a very sad day for our state.”
Former U.S. Rep. Harry Mitchell:
"This is a sad and dark day for our country, and an absolute tragedy that I don’t want to believe could happen here.
My heart is shattered for the family of Gabrielle Giffords and for all the innocent people who were killed or hurt today. Gabrielle is a model Congresswoman – young, brilliant with a tremendous future – who absolutely loves her community and her constituents. She has also been a true and unwavering friend since our days serving together in the Arizona State Senate, and she is the hardest working and most dedicated public servant I have ever known. I just can’t believe this has happened."
Listen to Mitchell's interview in the attached video clip
Former U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick:
"My thoughts and prayers are with my friend and colleague, Gabrielle Giffords, her husband, family, and staff. This senseless act of violence is a sobering reminder of how precious life is, and my deepest condolences go out to the families of the victims."
Arizona GOP Chairman Randy Pullen:
“Arizona’s Republicans are deeply saddened and mortified by the horrific shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the other 11 victims at an event this morning in Tucson,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Randy Pullen.
“Senseless acts of violence like these are shocking, disturbing and have no place in our country. The thoughts and prayers of all Arizonans are with the victims and families during this terrible tragedy in our state’s history. We sincerely hope that the responsible party is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
Arizona Democratic Party Chairman Don Bivens:
"Words cannot express the shock and devastation we feel about today's senseless attack. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of those who were slain, and our prayers continue for Congresswoman Giffords and the others who are struggling for their lives. We remain hopeful that their conditions will stabilize and this tragedy will not claim any further victims. Gabrielle Giffords is more than a member of Congress -- she is a wife and daughter, a native of Tucson, and a dear friend. She is also one of the brightest and most dedicated public servants in our state and nation. Our thoughts remain with her and family."
"I am shocked by today's tragic events. On behalf of my family, we are praying for Gabrielle and the other victims of today's senseless violence. Gabrielle Giffords is a great asset to Southern Arizona and on a more personal note, a friend and colleague that I greatly respect.
"I ask all Arizonans to join me in a prayer for Gabrielle Giffords. To my Democratic colleagues, I urge caution in placing blame. We must wait for the facts before pointing fingers. To my fellow citizens on the other side of the political aisle, I ask that you stand strong, shoulder to shoulder, with your Democratic friends against dangerous, violent rhetoric that threatens our democracy."
State Rep. Kirk Adams, Speaker of the House:
"Today we experienced a horrible act of violence in our state, the details of which we are still trying to process. My deepest prayers, as well as those of my colleagues, go out to Congresswoman Giffords, her family and today’s other victims at this tragic time. We are all hoping for the best outcome and anxious to see the congresswoman and other victims recover.”
Congressman Ben Quayle:
"I am deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic shooting incident this morning in Tucson. My thoughts and prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords and her family and the other victims and their families."
Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon:
"The pictures and stories we're seeing and hearing from Tucson today leave me more sad than I can describe. Rep. Giffords has long been a friend. Gabby is not only an admirable public servant, she is truly one of the most gracious, most caring people I've met in my life. She's in my heart today along with her family, Judge John Roll and his family, and everyone whose life was touched by today's shooting.
"Like you, I'm waiting to learn the facts of what happened, to get my mind around such a horrific tragedy. No matter what we learn, I know that violence like this is unacceptable. It diminishes our communities, the state of Arizona and our nation. Such violence stands in dark, painful contrast to the America we all work so hard to build and to protect."
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano:
“I am deeply saddened by reports that Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Chief Judge John Roll and others were attacked this afternoon in Tucson, Arizona. There is no place in our society or discourse for such senseless and unconscionable acts of violence. Gabby is a steadfast representative for southern Arizona and both she and John are dedicated public servants.
The Department of Homeland Security has offered all possible assistance to the FBI and the Pima County Sheriff’s Office, who are leading the investigation. My thoughts and prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords, her family and staff, and all those who were injured in this difficult time.”
Leave your thoughts in a comment below...
Copyright 2011 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.