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January 10th, 2011
06:42 AM ET

AZ Rep. James Farley: Gabrielle Giffords' family is "strong" & "optimistic"

Today on American Morning, Kiran Chetry is live from Tucson, Arizona after tragedy struck the city this weekend.

Six people were killed and 14 others were wounded in a Saturday shooting outside of a Safeway supermarket. One of those wounded in the incident was Representative Gabrielle Giffords. She was shot in the head and underwent surgery Saturday. As of this morning, doctors were optimistic of her chances of surviving.

This morning State Representative Steve Farley joins Kiran Chetry. He has known Representative Giffords for fourteen years and currently occupies her old seat in the Arizona state legislature. He visited Giffords in the hospital yesterday.

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  1. shaun

    kiran reported this morning someone should have done something about loughran in az – reality says no one can make a mentally ill person get help and you cannot get help for them either, unless they are an imminent threat to themselves or others – do your research

    January 10, 2011 at 10:52 am |
  2. Benjamin Thornton

    January 10, 2011

    Mr. Loughner,

    I hope you understand that you have received the answer to your question. What is government if words have no meaning? Government is stability. It is the underlying sense that I can walk down the street and know what I can expect in general – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is the fact that I know that, despite a horrible event like an attempted assassination of an elected official, I will still be able to live my life without fear of retribution.
    Government is two men taking their own safety into their hands to stop a gunman who is trying to disrupt that stability. It is the quick response by the police and medical response units that managed to save a dozen people despite the unfortunate loss of six lives. It is the feeling that if something does try to disturb the stability of my society, there is something there to keep us from falling apart.
    I admit that over the course of your lifetime, our politicians have seemingly been more interested in their own parties goals than the needs of our country. That is not the case. Our society has reached a level of stability that doesn't need continuous monitoring. This has given the people in our government time to worry about more individual philosophical differences. When an element attempts to disturb our stability however, they are quick to rally together as a cohesive unit to deal with that situation.
    I fully expect the Republicans, the Democrats, the Tea Party members, and all of the other ideological groups that run our society to go back to fighting. They will try to push society in the direction that they feel will make us the most stable. Another group will then push back if they feel that it is necessary. I also expect them to react like they did to your attack the other day. They will take any situation that affects our society as a whole, and assure us that we can continue on our day. That everything is under control.
    Mr. Loughner, you asked “what is government if words have no meaning?” When you first asked this of Congresswoman Giffords several years ago, she did not have the words to answer you. She possibly did not understand exactly what you meant. I hope that you now understand what government is. I hope that everyone in our society now understands what government is. Government is what has let us continue past this tragic event. Government is stability.

    On behalf of society,
    Benjamin Thornton

    January 10, 2011 at 7:18 am |