Lawmakers from Oregon offered their condolences following the shooting of Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords on Saturday. The Arizona Congresswoman was shot in the head when a gunman opened fire during a "Congress on your Corner" meeting outside a grocery store in Tucson. The response from lawmakers in Oregon was quick and heartfelt. Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer said he worked with her in Tucson and saw firsthand the bond between Gabby and her community. He described her as a moderate, thoughtful leader committed to bringing people together to make progress in challenging times and in a tough political climate.
U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley called the shooting a heinous act of violence that has no place in our society. He says we must come together as a nation and stand strong against violence. And in a statement; U.S. Representative Greg Walden said his thoughts and prayers were with Congresswoman Giffords, her family, and innocent cilvilians involved in the senseless tragedy. He called it a deplorable act, and it marked a sad day for our country.