Boehner condemns 'heinous' acts
January 9th, 2011
08:54 AM ET
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Boehner condemns 'heinous' acts

(CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner has asked that flags on the House side of the Capitol be flown at half-staff in the wake of the shooting in Arizona, marking the death of Gabe Zimmerman, who was Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' director of community outreach.

"An attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve," Boehner said Sunday. "Such acts of violence have no place in our society."

"These tragic events remind us that all of us, in our roles in service to our fellow citizens, comes with a risk. This inhuman act should not and will not deter us from our calling to represent our constituents and to fulfill our oaths of office. No act, no matter how heinous, must be allowed to stop us from our duty," Boehner said.

Filed under: Arizona • Gabrielle Giffords • House • John Boehner
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  1. Richard Lessing

    Mr. Boehner now has a great responsibility. To take on the issue of political rhetoric, its vitriol, its provocative nature, and potential to justify outrageous behavior. He and Senator Cantor along with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi must bring sanity to this country:s political dialog.

    January 9, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  2. Shannon

    Did he ask $arah to take her targeted hit list down, if not his words have no meaning.

    January 9, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  3. annie s

    What, no word from Death Panel Sarah or any of the other hate mongers who have helped to create the intense anti-government (read anti-Democrat), anti-immigrant atmosphere in this country? Where is Governor Brewer, who turned her state into a poster-child of bigotry and intolerance? Now is the time for the Palins, Bachmans, Becks and Limbaughs to speak up for harmony and cooperation – where are there voices?

    January 9, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  4. Peter s

    Lead by example Mr. speaker sir!

    January 9, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  5. billy

    Not sure why the Republicans condemn this horrible violence when they incited it in the first place and Palin has blood on her hands.

    Not to mention so does CNN, FOX and the other networks that broadcast their hate speech 24/7.

    January 9, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  6. Larry

    The repubs have been advantaged by this rhetoric. They should take the lead in changing it. I feel they are still afraid of the Limbaugh, beck and fox network crowd to really tackle this with any sincerity.

    January 9, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  7. Steve

    It is laughable that Rep. Boehner now comes out and condemns the current state of political discourse !!!!!! He and the Republican/conservative/right wing leaders and mouthpieces have been the source of this type vitriol for going on 2 decades . It is what keeps them in office/power . This is probably just the beginning of even more attacks by deranged individuals whose anger and hatred of " The Government " and bigotry towards those that they believe are the " Enemy " ( different race,religion,political party, etc. ) . This deranged anger is whipped up every day by the massive right wing media machine that has dominated the airways .

    January 9, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  8. Carmelle

    All I want to say is: Everyone seems to see clearly who's responsible for the rethoric that would drive those actions. The moment happened I can imagine everybody just turning to the Republican party to say: ARE YOU HAPPY NOW?

    The American ppl are not stupid, they see the hate propaganda coming out of Sarah's mouth everyday. Thank God the media is in love with her. Showed the true her. She will never be POTUS.

    January 9, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  9. Mike

    The Speaker of the house has no authority to 'order' the U.S. flag be lowered to half-staff (as was reported in a news report on HLN). The President of the United States has that authority and its normally reserved to honor the death of a national figure. I personally don't place a Congressional staffer's death at that level. If it is, then the flag should remain at half-staff permanently to honor the death of every U.S. citizen.

    January 9, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. Carmelle

    I should say "most people" seem to see.

    January 9, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  11. Four and The Door

    This has nothing to do with partisan politics ( which the Democrats have in the last few years turned into an art form ). But it has everything to do with mental illness which needs to be addressed more aggressively. This guy was more about confusion and a distorted sense of reality than political arguments.

    January 9, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  12. vic nashville tn

    Stop giving statements

    In future man up and condemns vitriol speeches immediately or keep distance

    January 9, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  13. alan

    "Inhuman Act"? What planet is Boehner from? Senseless killing is and always has been a very Human act. The government should know that firsthand.

    January 9, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  14. willie floyd

    Where were Mr. Boehner's tears??? He cries about everything else-but a fellow member of congress is shot and not a tear in sight!!

    January 9, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  15. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    His first order of business should be to remove the word "killing" out of his Health Care Repeal Bill. It must start at the top. I do not know why anyone could let this change of power happen. Uniformed Americans elected this ilk....and we are all stuck with it.

    Can't wait for 2012.

    January 9, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  16. the real ib

    Maybe all the daily hate posted by the far left liberals and far right also got to this person. I think Palin should not have posted what she did and should immediately take it down but I also think all the hate that is daily being spewed by both sides has a lot to do with this. A person cannot come on these sites and say you are against anything without being called racist; idiots and not having a clue along with other names. It's getting worse by the day and people need to stop. Goodbye I don't know when I will be posting here again; I'm tired of all the hate that is being posted on this and other sites.

    January 9, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  17. Real Patriots Do MORE than Salute the flag, They educate themselves

    Have to do more than "condem". Let's see some action John Boy. Start speaking out against your party's vitriolic tone. Do you have the huevos to take a stand against the Limbuaghs, Becks, and Faux Noise crew? Lead by example.

    January 9, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  18. Oy Vey Az

    .So the top Republican says "An attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve ? He means physical attacks ? So nasty hate filled language is still acceptable ? This is good news for the fans of hate. Because It would sure throw a monkey wrench in Fox's programming if Boehner were to criticize violent hate filled speech. Heaven forbid Boehner should man up, speak out, and stop this cycle of caustic rhetoric. Try again John ...

    January 9, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  19. Katie

    The republicans/tea partiers have been part and parcel of the vitriolic talk since the run up to the presidential election. Fox, beck, limbaugh and the republican legislators are complicit for their tone, their commentary – and for doing nothing to tone it down. This was foreseeable, but none were responsible enough to take action and call for civility – instead, they joined the cirus parade for the political gains. Absolutely shameful.

    January 9, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. Seriously?!

    "Not sure why the Republicans condemn this horrible violence when they incited it in the first place and Palin has blood on her hands."

    THANK YOU BILLY. Which is why for me whatever comes out this man's mouth will enter one of my ears and go out the other.

    January 9, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. Pennsylvania Super Patriot Deluxe

    The rhetoric needs to be toned down by everyone. that includes CNN. The only reason Sarah Palin is on the Ticker all of the time is because of the attention she brings on both sides. CNN, you can lead the way by ignoring her altogether. then we will know you are practicing what you are preaching.

    Four and the Door-you are kidding right? of everything you have written on here and in the past, you really do not make political arguments. you make political statements. that is it.

    January 9, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  22. kneesus

    "Four and The Door

    This has nothing to do with partisan politics ( which the Democrats have in the last few years turned into an art form ). But it has everything to do with mental illness which needs to be addressed more aggressively. This guy was more about confusion and a distorted sense of reality than political arguments."

    If it has absolutely nothing to do with it, why has Palin pulled her website with gun sights set on Rep. Giffords' district? Coincidence?

    January 9, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  23. GonzoinHouston

    You can't point at any one person such as Boehner or Palin and say they incited this. You can, however, point at the whole over-heated hyper-partisan political environment and say it is a contributing factor. The number of threats taken seriously by the FBI against congressman tripled in 2010 over 2009. Almost all that growth was directed against democrats over the health-care debate.

    This isn't the republicans' fault, but they could help prevent these things if they would tone down the rhetoric. "I absolutely disagree with the President and here's why" is a lot more appropriate than "Muslim-Kenyan-traitor-communist-retard!"

    January 9, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  24. 100% ETH

    My thoughts prayers for those victims and their Families.

    America is the land of opportunity for everyone who obeys its LAWS. The LAWS that has been granted by those who sacrificed their lives and times. Whereas, as American and non-American, we supposed to enjoy the freedom that has been granted to us, LEGALLY without breaking the RULES.

    In politics, there's always left and right, right and wrong, agreements and disagreements and satisfied and unsatisfied situations. But, we must be more careful not to brake the LAWS and not to harm specially, the elected officials. Remember, if you are not happy with those who served you, there are plenty of LEGAL ways to convince them. But, not by gun!!! Which is a very stupid choice and madness.

    Please, lets act according to the LAW, humanely.

    January 9, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  25. Dave In Missouri

    This seems a bit ironic, and is it really genuine, when Boehner and the Republicnas put their first piece of legislation forward to repeal health care and entitle the bill "Repealling the Job KILLING Health Care Law"! We must remind ourselves of their embracng the Tea Party folks, who in the past year were the ones interupting town hall meeting, yelling and screaming disrepectful language, and even having a coffin put in the yard of Rep. Carnahan of Missouri!

    January 9, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
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