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Ariz. Lawmakers Unite Over Giffords’ Shooting

LIANE HANSEN, host:

Throughout today's program, we're reporting on the shooting in Tucson yesterday that left six people dead and at least a dozen wounded, including Democratic congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Reaction was swift and heartfelt, especially from Giffords' fellow Arizona lawmakers.

Governor Jan Brewer said: All of Arizona is shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific tragedy. She added, I am just heartbroken. Gabby is more than just a colleague; she is my friend. She has always been a noble public servant.

Senator John Kyl offered condolences to the family of U.S. District Court Judge John Roll and others who were killed and wounded. He said: 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.

Arizona Senator John McCain said he was horrified by the attack. Whoever did this, he said, 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.

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