Obama: Giffords Shooting ‘An Unspeakable Tragedy’

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President Obama condemned the mass shooting at a rally for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) today that resulted in Giffords being shot among others. In a statement released by the White House, Obama called the shooting “an unspeakable tragedy” and said that “such a senseless and terrible act of violence has no place in a free society.”

“I ask all Americans to join me and Michelle in keeping Representative Giffords, the victims of this tragedy, and their families in our prayers,” Obama said.

[TPM SLIDESHOW: Dem Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Shot In Arizona]Read the full statement:

This morning, in an unspeakable tragedy, a number of Americans were shot in Tucson, Arizona, at a constituent meeting with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. And while we are continuing to receive information, we know that some have passed away, and that Representative Giffords is gravely wounded.

We do not yet have all the answers. What we do know is that such a senseless and terrible act of violence has no place in a free society. I ask all Americans to join me and Michelle in keeping Representative Giffords, the victims of this tragedy, and their families in our prayers.

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