Tomorrow: House Resolution Condemning the Attack in Arizona |

On Wednesday morning, beginning at around 10:00 AM, the House will consider a resolution condemning the brutal attack on Representative Gabrielle Giffords as she met with constituents in Tucson, AZ.  Speaker John Boehner says the resolution, which can be found here, will also recognize the bravery of those who “helped subdue the attacker and save lives.”  Says Boehner:

“The House will lock arms tomorrow and – as one body – condemn the brutal attack in Arizona and express our profound condolences to the families and loved ones of those killed and wounded.  We will recognize the bravery of those on scene whose courage helped subdue the attacker and save lives – including that of our friend and colleague, Gabrielle Giffords.  And as the resolution itself reads, we will reaffirm our belief in ‘a democracy in which all can participate and in which intimidation and threats of violence cannot silence the voices of any American.”

View the resolution here:


And here is some of the coverage:

  • House rolls out Gabrielle Giffords resolution: “A four-page resolution submitted by Speaker John Boehner will express that the House ‘condemns in the strongest terms the horrific attack’ on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and offers condolences to friends and families, while recognizing in detail the victims of the attack. The resolution, which is set to hit the House floor Wednesday, also ‘honors the memory’ of the six who died — including Giffords staffer Gabriel Zimmerman — and applauds the ‘bravery and quick thinking exhibited by those individuals who prevented the gunman from potentially taking more lives and helped to save those who had been wounded.’” (POLITICO, 1/11/11)
  • House Resolution to Reaffirm ‘Democratic Principles’: “[T]he House will reconvene on Wednesday to approve a resolution honoring the dead and the wounded, praising the bravery of those who responded to the attack and reaffirming ‘the bedrock principle of American democracy and representative government’ — the right to peaceable assembly enshrined in the First Amendment. ... Aides to Mr. Boehner said the resolution was developed in consultation with leaders of both parties in the House and also with aides to Ms. Giffords.” (New York Times, 1/11/11)
  • House tribute to Giffords: ‘Violence cannot silence’: “The four-page resolution is simply written, with sections honoring Giffords, each of the deceased, the wounded, and people such as Giffords intern Daniel Hernandez and event attendee Patricia Maisch who tried to save lives and apprehend the shooter. The resolution offers the condolences of the House and reaffirms the belief of lawmakers ‘in a democracy in which all can participate and in which intimidation and threats of violence cannot silence the voices of any American.’” (USA Today, 1/11/11)