House Passes Resolution Condemning Massacre
Today, in the aftermath of the recent attack in Tucson, Arizona, Congressman Higgins joined his colleagues of the House of Representatives to speak in honor and remembrance of the lives tragically lost. Later this evening, the House is also expected to approve H.R. 32, which “condemns in the strongest possible terms the horrific attack which occurred at the ‘Congress on your Corner’ event hosted by Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Arizona, on January 8, 2011,” honors the memory of the victims and applauds the bravery and service of those who intervened.
H.R. 32 honors the lives of Christina Taylor, Dorothy Morris, John Roll, Phyllis Schneck, Dorwan Stoddard, and Gabriel Zimmerman who lost their lives in the attack as well as the others wounded. Further, it acknowledges the extraordinary heroism of Patricia Maisch, Roger Sulzgeber, Joseph Zimudie and Daniel Hernandez, Jr., who risked their lives to apprehend the gunman and assist the injured.
Video of Congressman Higgins’ speech can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CeN9G77yNo
Below is a copy of the Congressman’s remarks as prepared:
The outpouring of support from every corner of Western New York for the victims of the attack in Tucson has been overwhelming and inspiring.
It is on behalf of Western New York that I offer our prayers to Gabby Giffords and to all of the injured, and our sympathy to the family and friends of Gabe Zimmerman, John Roll, Dorothy Morris, Phyllis Schneck, Dorwin Stoddard, and Christina Taylor Green.
Some are suggesting that violence-themed political rhetoric contributed to this tragedy. I think it would be wise to reflect on how we characterize our political opponents. Undoubtedly our debate could benefit from more light and less heat.
But this attack was carried out by a man who appears to be severely mentally ill and we may never understand why he did it.
Our best response to this atrocity is to reject fear and intimidation, and to embrace work in our communities with joy, openness, and dedication.
That is the type of public service that Gabby believes in, and I urge my colleagues to follow her example.