‘This vi­o­lence will not de­fine us’


Rep. Pete Aguilar,

DCalif., CNN: “One of my fa­vorite tra­di­tions in Wash­ing­ton has been par­tic­i­pat­ing in the con­gres­sional base­ball game. I usu­ally play in the out­field. ... The game has never been about Repub­li­cans against Democrats. It’s about Repub­li­cans and Democrats. It’s about Amer­i­cans com­ing to­gether to sup­port a good cause. ... We will not give in to fear, vi­o­lence or hate. We will play for those af­fected by these de­spi­ca­ble and cow­ardly ac­tions, to sup­port lo­cal char­i­ties, and to re­mind the Amer­i­can peo­ple that this vi­o­lence will not de­fine or di­vide us.”

David Hawk­ings, Roll

Call: “Don’t ex­pect the con­gres­sional base­ball prac­tice shoot­ing to change any­thing. Not the ven­omous par­ti­san­ship that de­fines life at the Capi­tol. Not the pub­lic’s dis­mal opin­ion of the peo­ple they’ve sent to Wash­ing­ton. And cer­tainly not the po­lar­ized impasse on gun con­trol.” Katie Packer Bee­son, U.S. News & World Re­port: “Our lead­ers have come to the con­clu­sion that peo­ple are an­gry and if they con­vey anger on the same level, then per­haps they can ride a wave of anger into higher of­fice. But what is the point of all of this anger? Did a hate-filled tweet ever win an ar­gu­ment? ... This is no way to live. Our lead­ers owe it to us to tone things down. They owe it to us to have bet­ter im­pulse con­trol than a 4-year-old or a de­ranged gun­man. They owe it to us to be the adults in the room: act­ing with dig­nity, lis­ten­ing to oth­ers, be­ing thought­ful and con­tem­pla­tive and, ul­ti­mately, wise.” For­mer rep­re­sen­ta­tive Gabrielle Gif­fords, D-Ariz., The Wash­ing­ton Post: “In the days and weeks to come, I know from per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence what to ex­pect. As a na­tion, we will de­bate vi­o­lence and honor ser­vice — the ser­vice of the elected of­fi­cials and their staff, and of lo­cal law en­force­ment and the Capi­tol Po­lice, with­out whom the car­nage could have been so much worse. We will de­bate the avail­abil­ity and use of guns. ... We know, as al­ways, that no one law could pre­vent a shoot­ing like this. But we also know that we must ac­knowl­edge a prob­lem: an un­ac­cept­able rate of gun vi­o­lence in this coun­try. And we must ac­knowl­edge that a deadly prob­lem like this brings a re­spon­si­bil­ity to find so­lu­tions.”

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