WASHINGTON— Today, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva issued the following statement on the 10th Anniversary of the Tucson shooting and assassination attempt on Rep. Gabby Giffords life:
“As our nation reels from Wednesday’s attack on democracy in the U.S. Capitol, we must also remember another attack in our own backyard that took the lives of six people and wounded my friend and colleague Rep. Gabby Giffords. It was a heinous attack on representative government fueled by many of the same forces of divisiveness, conspiracy theories, and poison politics that remain entrenched in our political system ten years later. An assassin’s bullet failed to kill the spirit and determination that defines Tucson, just as a mob of insurrectionists failed to overthrow our government this week.
“What happened in Tucson should never be repeated, but sustained Republican efforts to obstruct the passage of meaningful public safety legislation have made mass shootings a continual sad reoccurrence in our society. I continue to hold the names of those lost in this tragedy in my mind and heart as I work in Congress to make our communities safe and protect them from the scourge of gun violence.”