On the second anniversary of the shooting in Tucson, Ariz., Rep. Barber (D-AZ) on Tuesday called for "action to prevent another such tragedy." Barber, then an aide to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), was injured in the shooting that killed six people and injured 13 others.
Barber's full statement:
We will never forget what happened on January 8th, 2011 – but I also know that our community was not then and will not now be defined by that act of violence.
Tucson is a special community that was deeply wounded two years ago. Sadly, within the past two years – and even within the past month – other communities in our nation have experienced the hurt and the pain that we in Tucson know too well.
Because of what happened here, we have a personal understanding of the grief and loss that those communities are experiencing.
In the wake of these mass shootings, we must take action to prevent another such tragedy. As a survivor, a grandfather, a mental health professional and a member of Congress, I am determined to do so.