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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Representatives speak out against Arizona shooting

Camie Young

Camie Young

Georgia’s representatives in Washington were taken aback by this weekend’s shooting in Arizona, where six people were killed at a campaign event for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

“I extend my deepest sympathies to the families of those who were gunned down in Arizona (Saturday) while participating in our democracy, and urge all Americans to pray for the victims who continue to fight for their lives,” U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss said in a statement.

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson was elected in 2006 at the same time as fellow Democrat Giffords, and

“I extend my deepest sympathies to the families of those who were gunned down in Arizona yesterday while participating in our democracy, and urge all Americans to pray for the victims who continue to fight for their lives,” Johnson said.

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall said the tragedy “goes beyond words.”

“The actions of the shooter are reprehensible, and I know that he will be punished to the fullest extent of the law,” Woodall said. My thoughts and prayers are with Representative Giffords, the other victims of this tragic event and their families during this painful time.”

With many speculating that the attack was politically motivated, the local Founding Fathers Tea Party denounced the actions of the shooter.

“We believe in the peaceful transition of government leadership and condemn the actions of the perpetrator in the Arizona shooting spree,” said Steve Ramey, the group’s chairman. “The Tea Party does not promote hate nor violence in the desire to restore greatness to our nation. We ask for everyone to keep the victims and their families in your prayers.”

Thompson plans forum

State Sen. Curt Thompson has scheduled a community forum for this weekend.

The event is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Cafe 45 South (Northern Star) at 45 S. Peachtree St. in Norcross.

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