President Barack Obama will lead the nation in amoment of silence this morning at 11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time to honor the innocent victims of Saturday’s horrific shooting senseless tragedy in Tucson, Arizona. The victims ranged in age from 9 to 76. In addition to the six dead, there are 14 wounded including those still fighting for their lives. The President also signed a proclamation calling for flags to be flown at half-staff.
The shooting’s aftermath will reverberate for a long time related to issues of access to public officials and their attendant safety, as well as the issue of words having consequences. These are issues which Israel has painfully dealt with since the first Intifada and the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin.
Remember that silence, too, can be powerful. As Obama said,
“It 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.”
Please take a few minutes at 11 this morning to remember those who lost their lives, and that all of our lives have been changed forever from this. Nothing good ever comes from hatred and random violence.
The President will observe the moment of silence with White House staff on the South Lawn.