Get well, Gabby. We're pulling for you.Most of us in Arizona who worked on the fiery 2010 campaigns here have no doubt the attack against my friend and colleague Rep. Giffords and others was political, at least in part.
I applaud respected veteran Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik's call to end "vitriolic hatred" in politics and political media. We're all Americans and we're all in this together, even when we disagree.
As a very active, visible and accessible Arizona politician, the Jan 8 shootings in my hometown of Tucson will not intimidate me to hide from people, but it will change the way I do public events.
Too many elected officials are already scarce and do little in public, and these shootings will likely make citizen opportunities to meet and talk with them even more rare. Our democracy will suffer, at least for a while.
Rep. Daniel Patterson