O’Halleran Joins Arizona Delegation Members to Introduce Legislation to Designate a National Memorial Site in Tucson Commemorating January 8, 2011 Shooting

January 8, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) joined Arizona Representatives Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-02), Raúl Grijalva (AZ-03), Andy Biggs (AZ-05), David Schweikert (AZ-06), Ruben Gallego (AZ-07), Debbie Lesko (AZ-08), and Greg Stanton (AZ-09)  to introduce the January 8th National Memorial Act, legislation to designate an area of Tucson, Arizona as a National Memorial Site commemorating the January 8, 2011 shooting targeting Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords that injured 13 and killed six.

 “Today marks nine years since the deadly shooting at Congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ Congress on Your Corner event, an act of violence that killed six innocent Arizonans and forever changed Gabby’s life,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “One of the most important tenets of our democracy is the ability constituents have to speak directly to lawmakers and share their questions and concerns. No member of Congress or citizen seeking information from their elected representative should fear this kind of senseless violence. I am proud to stand alongside my colleagues to introduce this bill that would establish a place of healing and remembrance.”

The legislation introduced today would designate a National Memorial affiliated with the National Parks System where survivors, locals, and visitors can remember the events of January 8, 2011, and learn about the resilience of the Tucson community.

“My thoughts today are with the families of Christina-Taylor Green, Dorothy Morris, John Roll, Phyllis Schneck, Dorwan Stoddard, and Gabe Zimmerman—those taken from us nine years ago in this tragedy,” continued O’Halleran. “I am also thinking of my friend Gabby, and the resilience with which she continues to fight to better our community and our nation.”