(CNN) - Members of Congress have been asked to wear black and white ribbons at the State of the Union address Tuesday in honor of the victims from the Arizona shooting, including Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
In a letter, Representatives Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, and Michael McCaul, R-Texas, encouraged members to wear the ribbons, which they said will be distributed by House pages to each Congressional office ahead of the address.
"It would be fitting that Members, Administration officials and others, wear these ribbons tonight as a symbol of solidarity with the community and the nation," the letter said. "The white ribbon represents hope for a peaceful, nonviolent society. The black ribbon is in remembrance of all who have died and been wounded as a result of violence."
Nothing like one of their own getting gunned down to get their attention !! It`s a shame that nothing else has much affect once elections are over.
Members of Congress who have partaken in hateful rhetoric(Michelle Bachmann, Joe Wilson, Birthers) should not have a ribbon on at all. As much as we all know that the actions that took place in Tuscon were those solely of one deranged man, public officials need to be held accountable for the words that come out of their mouths' because they are as much of the problem as any mental illness.
Oh come on... Enough of this kind of stuff. It has no place in this kind of event. What next? Will the Democrats roll Giffords into the hall on a stretcher? I think this is rather cheap and classless exploitation.
Nice idea. Unfortunately, the cynic in me forsees someone marketing and selling this combo as a car magnet, too, with absolutely no monies going to any fund to help the victims of this tragedy. May I recommend an extra large one that could be tied around Congresswoman Bachmann's mouth so we don't have to hear her post speech rant?
I'll bet that Louie Gomert will not wear one.
I wonder what color Gov. Jane Brewer of Arizona should wear because she is Arizona's one person death panel.