WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) delivered the following remarks on the House floor regarding H. Res 32:
The unspeakable tragedy in Tucson last Saturday came as a complete shock, casting a pall over the entire nation. With this resolution, we join 300 million Americans and millions of others around the world in showing our solidarity with Congresswoman Giffords and the rest of the victims. Gabby serves Arizona’s 8th District with distinction and thoughtful leadership, and we are all praying for her speedy recovery.
Saturday’s cowardly crime was more than just an attack on dozens of innocent Americans at a grocery store. It was an attack on the very essence of democracy and representative government – an assault on the open exchange of ideas between legislators and the people to whom they are accountable.
This resolution honors the memory of Christina Taylor Green, Dorothy Morris, Judge John Roll, Phyllis Schneck, Dorwan Stoddard, and Gabriel Zimmerman. The slain represent a broad cross-section of the American public: young and old; men, women and child; friends, brothers, sisters and children. They will be missed, but not forgotten.
This inexplicable crime reminds us that there is evil in the world. Yet as we look for light in a thicket of darkness, our nation has drawn inspiration from the bravery and quick thinking displayed by the heroes on the scene. Were it not for their efforts, there likely would have been many more victims.
The outpouring of support, prayer and solidarity also reminds us that America is a country of compassion, community and empathy. We will stand with the victims and their families, and pray and mourn with them as they cope with this horrific tragedy.
I also want to offer my thoughts of comfort to Gabby Giffords’s staff and want them to know that our hearts hang heavy and our thoughts and prayers are with them as they try and persevere through this very difficult time.
I would also like to add my thanks to the brave law enforcement that has helped our nation over the last several days and every day. The law enforcement, under the directorship of Director Mueller of the FBI, the local law enforcement in Arizona and from our perspective, most especially, the Capitol Police, the office of Sergeant at Arms and the Sergeant at Arms himself for the tremendous job that they are doing each and every minute as we try and cope with this tragedy.
This resolution affirms the point all of us want to make and our hearts are heavy as we mourn with the victims, and I urge my colleagues to support it.