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State lawmakers hold town hall meetings in wake of Tucson tragedy

By Mark Stine - email

Tucson, AZ (KOLD) - The January 8th shooting that killed six people and injured 13 others, including Gabrielle Giffords, happened during a Congress on your Corner event where the Congresswoman met with her constituents.

State representatives on Saturday decided that they would honor the Congresswoman by opening their doors on a weekend just as she did so many times.

"The first week after the shooting I wanted to have town halls, wanted to dispell the myth that there was danger in the public and that was just a random act," Arizona State Senator Paula Aboud said.

Aboud gave up her Saturday afternoon to join with other state legislators in welcoming constituents to share their thoughts on what they would like to see happen in the states capitol.

"It's all about the survival of our democracy, we can't let one crazed gunman keep us from talking about politics in public," District 28 Representative Steve Farley said.

Michael Gordy was one of a handful of people who took part in today's town hall style meeting in Midtown. He believes meetings like these can only make our state stronger.

Gordy explained, "Our personal experiences are what they can use that are different then what they already know from their own personal lives."

Gordy says the last thing we should do following the tragedy is leave the ideas of Congresswoman Giffords, but instead let it motivate us to all be part of the democratic process. "Tucson doesn't necessarily want to be remembered for the tragedy, we want to be remembered for what we did because of it and how we changed and made our city better."

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