Utah delegation responds to Arizona shooting

“Tragic.” “Senseless.” “Reprehensible.” “Brutal.” Those are some of the words Utah’s Congressional representatives are using to describe Saturday’s shooting that left six people dead and U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat from Arizona, fighting for her life.Calling Giffords, “a good friend,” Representative Jim Matheson, D-District 2, said it is “deplorable” that she was targeted at an event designed to talk to constituents about the nation’s direction. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-District 3, who works in an office next to Giffords, says, “this type of senseless act of violence should never happen.” Representative Rob Bishop, R-District 1, says, “This is sad. This is unfortunate. Hopefully it will never be replicated again.” Utah’s senior Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, condemned the act saying, “acts and threats of violence have no place in our political discourse or in a civil society.” New Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah, says, “There is simply no excuse for such brutality and it’s especially unfortunate that she was attacked while serving those she represents.”

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