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President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama led the nation in a moment of silence Monday morning, bowing their heads in honor of the victims of Saturday's mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz.

Appearing somber and dressed for the January chill, the first couple emerged from the White House at 10:59. As a bell chimed and photographers' camera shutters clicked and whirred, the president and his wife stood silently for a full minute before turning and reentering the White House.

Not far away, the Capitol steps were thronged by members of Congress, their staffs and others, who joined in the moment of silence.

In a statement posted on the White House website Sunday, the president said the moment of silence "will be a time for us to come together as a nation in prayer or reflection, keeping the victims and their families closely at heart."

moment of silenceSpeaker of the House John Boehner followed suit Monday morning, directing all members of Congress to stand on the House side of the Capitol and House Office Buildings at the same hour.

Obama also signed a proclamation over the weekend calling for flags to be flown at half-staff. And the White House said the president's planned trip to Schenectady, N.Y., on Tuesday -- where he was scheduled to visit the General Electric energy division -- has been postponed in the wake of the tragedy.

Six people were killed and 14 wounded -- including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) -- at a shopping center in Tucson. Giffords was holding a meet-and-greet with constituents when Jared Loughner, 22, allegedly shot Giffords in the head before spraying gunfire at others nearby. He was later subdued while attempting to reload his weapon and has been charged with multiple federal counts, including attempted assassination of a member of Congress.

In commenting Saturday on the shootings, the president said that Giffords was "doing what she always does -- listening to the hopes and concerns of her neighbors. That is the essence of what our democracy is all about. That is why this is more than a tragedy for those involved. It is a tragedy for Arizona and a tragedy for our entire country."

The Washington Post reported that Obama is considering traveling to Arizona in the days ahead to show support for and solidarity with those affected by the tragedy. His advisers also told the paper that the president might weave the shootings into his State of the Union address, scheduled for Jan. 25, or make a separate speech on the matter.

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hello my friend.

The left's organized rabid and profane attack on Sarah Palin is going to work against them. They simply will not accept the fact that everyone else on earth places blame with victimizer, in this case, the shooter. Marxists always blame "society", "you and me", "all of us" and in this case, Palin and the tea party.

January 11 2011 at 4:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
blueyeagle1

From a member of Operation Patriot Shield Missouri/Kansas in memory of those killed in this sensless attack...we are deeply sorry for you loss and you are in our prayers. Also in our prayers are Representative Gabrielle Giffords and those survivors in the hospital struggling to survive: God bless these citizens, their families and friends and their communities that have made the ultimate sacrifice and god speed the healing and complete recovery of those in medical care. This nation bows our heads in prayer for you and yours.

January 11 2011 at 2:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jay love

This "community board" for "comments" is absurd and I am done not only reading its articles, but commenting on its board as most of the time my commemts no matter how devoid of any direct mention of any one person's name, seems to be edited and retained out of the discussion? what kind of "discussion"e you having if differing opinions are not allowed to be posted and its clear from reading the comments section that only those with a very far left, liberal, vein, or BIAS, are allowed to post thoughts on this board? no thanks....I get it!

January 11 2011 at 1:05 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
jay love

I think thr Sheriff is wrong and its not his place in a time like this tragedy to be strirring up the political hate speech with his own very announcements of such? he should not be playing politics, but rather deflamming the community of fear and violence now that the perpetrator is caught and will be tried?

January 11 2011 at 1:01 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
N.A. Pacione

I am going to reach across the table on this one because this echoes something during my mother's time in her twenties with Regan was shot by someone just as he was elected. This is that shooting for a different generation. I am in the process of doing something similar on another social networking site where I am going to chime in plus do my own write up about the events of recent days. I was laying on the couch sick with a headache when my family came across this. I am actually very shocked by all this especially since the little bastard who did the shooting subscribed to Commie propaganda. He would have been a prime target for the late Ronald Regan referring to him as part of the evil empire.

January 11 2011 at 12:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tarsha

My heart and prayers go out to all the victims and their families for this senseless crime that should have never happened in the first place. America, what have we become? We look more like villians towards one another than the great Americans that we are known to be. We have taken God out of every equation and facet of this country and then wonder why America is falling by the waist side. America was suppose to be the land of the free and of opportunity for all not some. Now, we have become a nation full of hatred that glorifies crime and criminals, greed that has bankrupted this nation, judicial system that has become more corrupt than fair in it's hearings and our laws have become so one-sided that the views of the people no longer matter but as long as you are in the right social status that's what counts. We have become so politically correct that to agree to disagree is no longer an option. It's not about the Repulicans or the Democrats but about " We The People". What's best for our country? What matter most to citizens that reside in this supposedly great country? When are we going to say, " Enough is Enough!" How many more lives do we have to lose because we would rather hate or disrespect the views or politics, color or race, religion or creed of another citizen than love or respect our fellow citizen? When will it all end? The more we feed on our inner fears or insecurites because the lack of education or knowlege the more America will continue to fail and fall. Check yourselves for I know I am. This is not the time to be against one another but a time to stand together as one. A contry that is divided will surely fall and fall hard...just a reality check for those who were sleeping. Wake Up! Don't be apart of the problem but be apart of the solution. One Luv

January 10 2011 at 8:15 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
ivanczar10

Thank you sheriff Dupnik for speaking the truth.Anyone who thinks the vitriolic hate speech and fearmongering spewed daily by the right wing echo chamber does not have a disastrous effect on the unstable ones in our society is himself irrational.

January 10 2011 at 6:07 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Terry Campagna

I think it is time for the media on both sides to be responsible and stop fueling the hatred to one side or another. Journalist are supposed to be impartial and report the news, not spin it. News media was quick to blame before the facts were present. This needs to stop, I have no respect for anything they say or print. Our politicians need to work together for the good of our country and it's citizens. Hollywood needs to stop all their violent movies and tv shows. Perhaps something good can come out of this, and the America can come back to it's core priniciples. God help us all if this hatred for one another keeps going on.

January 10 2011 at 2:52 PM Report abuse +52 rate up rate down Reply
Debi Hearn

I have just one quote: "I think it's important for all leaders... not just leaders of the Republican Party or the Democratic Party... to say, look, we can't stand for this...we're on Sarah Palin's targeted list, but the thing is that the way that she has it depicted has the cross-hairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they've got to realize there's consequences to that action."
-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, March 25, 2010

January 10 2011 at 2:38 PM Report abuse +14 rate up rate down Reply
paulkendall

As several news correspondents have already done in their reporting, I, too, shed tears for the innocents wounded or killed in Tucson this past weekend. My tears were also for our great Nation, because we seemed to have lost our ability to engage in substantive political discussion without also resorting to name-calling or references to violence if a point of view is not adopted. This is not what our Founding Fathers risked their lives for so we could have a Constitutional form of government. Our Founding Fathers knew that no one person or political party has a monopoly on truth or wisdom. We have checks and balances in our form of Government, and our political parties should ideally operate as forums for intelligent, rational discussion of the issues facing our country. While it is right for us to be concerned about external threats to our national security, the greater danger comes from internal threats of violence which might destroy our Nation from within. As Benjamin Franklin so wisely said over two hundred years ago, we have a republic, if we can keep it.

January 10 2011 at 2:33 PM Report abuse +45 rate up rate down Reply

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