Pelosi Statement Marking Ten Years Since the Tucson Tragedy

Jan 8, 2021
Press Release
Contact: Speaker’s Press Office,
Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today marking the tenth anniversary of the tragic shooting in Tucson, Arizona, which took the lives of Christina-Taylor Green, Dorothy Morris, Judge John Roll, Phyllis Schneck, Dorwan Stoddard and House staffer Gabe Zimmerman; and injured thirteen others, including then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords:
“A decade ago, an unspeakable act of terror stole six beautiful lives and injured thirteen others, including our beloved Gabby Giffords.  These innocent Americans were gathered with their elected Representative to take part in our most fundamental responsibility as citizens, to have a voice in our democracy.  Yet, their inalienable, Constitutional right to life and liberty were tragically violated due to the epidemic of gun violence.  
“Ten years later, we continue to pray for those we lost, to recognize the heroism of the brave first responders, and to give thanks for the untiring energy and activism of Gabby, her husband Mark, and the countless advocates for commonsense gun violence prevention that have spurred Americans to action.  Guided by their voices and leadership, House Democrats said ‘Enough is enough,’ passing the Bipartisan Background Checks Act and the Enhanced Background Checks Act, lifesaving bills to help end the scourge of gun violence in our communities.  This Congress, we will work with the Senate and the new Biden-Harris Administration to enact these and other critical bills and deliver the progress the American people demand.
“Congress has the sacred duty to protect our communities from this senseless bloodshed.  In memory of all those we have lost, and in honor of the efforts of survivors and families in Tucson and across the country, we will never rest until every American can live free from the fear of gun violence once and for all.”
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