Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Oh.) addressed the Arizona shooting Sunday morning from West Chester, Ohio. A full transcript of his remarks are below:
"Good morning. The thoughts and prayers of the House and the nation are with Congressman Giffords and her family. We're also praying for the families of Judge Roll, and all of those who were taking - uh, taken from us yesterday so senselessly. Among the fallen is Gabe Zimmerman, a member of the Congresswoman's staff. And I've directed that the flags on the House side of the Capitol be flown at half-mast in honor of Gabe's death in the line of duty. An attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serves. Such acts of violence have no place in our society. I want to commend the federal state and local officials, as well as the Capitol Police, for all of their efforts. And I've told the FBI director that the House stands ready to assist in any way possible. Last night, the majority leader announced that the normal business of the House in the coming week has been post- postponed so that we can take necessary action regarding yesterday's events. The majority leader will announce a revised schedule. To the members of the House and their staffs, I asked that you - on this Sabbath Day, that we keep Gabby and her staff in our thoughts and prayers. Public service is a high honor. But 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. "