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tv   U.S. House of Representatives Moment of Silence for Tucson AZ Shooting  CSPAN  January 8, 2019 8:11pm-8:21pm EST

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[background noise] announcer: after speaker pelosi
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took part in that event on new gun legislation come of a house held a moment of silence for the victims of the january 8 2011 tucson, arizona shooting. six people were killed and 15 injured including former arizona representative gabrielle giffords who you just saw with speaker pelosi. we will show you that moment of silence now from the house floor starting with remarks from arizona democratic congresswoman ann kirkpatrick. ms. giffords was in attendance. there is that now. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from arizona seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to speak out of order for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. 10:10 ears ago today, at a.m., 19 members of the tucson community were shot in a
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despicable act of violence that shocked the nation. they were attending a congress on your corner where congresswoman gabbie giffords was meeting with her constituents. when they were gunned down in a senseless tragedy. that killed six and wounded 13. the shooter fired his weapon 33 times in less than 20 seconds. and was attempting to reled his handgun when the courageous actions of three people stopped him. had they not done so, many others would have been wounded or killed. mrs. kirkpatrick: the six people who died were christina-taylor green. morey. dot
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federal judge john rolle. phyllis sineck. darwin stoddard. gabriel "gabe" zimmerman. bill badger. these were the people wounded by the gunman. congressman ron barbour who is now my district director. ken dureshka. james fuller. randy gardner. congresswoman gabbie giffords. susie heilemann. george morris. mary reid. pam simon who is in the gallery with us today. mavy stoddard, ken tucker. the members of my community had never seen such a devastating tragedy before yet they responded with compassion and kindness toward the survivors.
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and the families of those who were murdered. they did not let this horrific tragedy define who we were. three memorials sprung up spontaneously. at the site of the shooting. at congresswoman giffords' office. and at the university hospital where the most seriously wounded were taken. thanks to the quick actions of members of the public who rushed by the the wounded and first responders lives were saved that morning. this mental health of everyone in attendance was adversely affected. and many of the survivors still endure the physical and mental impact the shooting had on their lives. the families of the six people killed grieve the loss of their loved ones to this day. i am so honored that our
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colleague, gabbie giffords, is with us tonight. she served with great distinction in this house and despite her nearly fatal injuries has gone on to encourage and inspire us to take action to reduce gun violence in our country. today, a bipartisan group of our colleagues responded to gabbie's call by introducing and co-sponsoring house resolution 8. this bill, which i support, will keep guns out of the hands of people who are currently prohibited by law from purchasing guns. it will eliminate loopholes in the current background check
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system. the bill will not prevent responsible gun owners from buying guns. but it will make sure that their gun purchases are made in compliance with our existing laws. i look forward to the debate that we will have regarding h.r. 8 and hope that we will soon pass this bill out of our chamber. gun violence in our nation is a major public health problem and it must be addressed. the american people who sent us here are waiting for us to step up and act responsibly on their behalf. we must do so. mr. speaker, i ask for a moment of silence. the speaker pro tempore: the house will observe a moment of silence.
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minutes fromer 40 now, president trump will speak to the nation on what the administration is calling a humanitarian and national security crisis on the southern border. this is his first address to the nation from the oval office. and chuckncy pelosi schumer will respond that the conclusion of the president's remarks. live coverage beginning at 9:00 p.m. eastern here on c-span. texas sent nine new members to congress in the 2018 elections
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including for democrats. democrats. a former linebacker for the tennessee titans represents the state. he left the nfl for law school. then later in private practice. voters in the 16th district unelected veronica escobar, she previously has been elected el paso county commissioner and county judge. earlier in her career, congresswoman escobar taught english at the university of texas at el paso as well as schick -- chicano literature at the county community college. she is one of the first to latino congresswoman elected by texas voters. the other is representative sylvia garcia who now represents the 29th district. she previously served in the state senate. before that, she held elected and appointed positions including terms on the harris county commission and as houston's city controller. voters from the seventh district
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sent lizzie fletcher to the house, this is the first time the seventh has elected a wascrat since it constituted in 1967 on the website of houston. the first member to hold the seat was future president george h.w. bush. new congress, new leaders, watch it all on c-span. c-span's washington journal, live every day with a news and policy issues that impact you. coming up wednesday morning, we will discuss the government shutdowns impact on that are workers with federal news networks the cola gristle. and virginia democratic congressman gerry connolly also weighs in on the government shutdown. the nebraska republican congressman don bacon joins us to talk about border security. you sure to watch c-span's washington journal live at 7:00 eastern wednesday morning. join the discussion. >>

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