Rep. Paul Gosar Statement on One Year Anniversary of Tucson Tragedy

CONTACT: Apryl Marie Fogel

PRESCOTT, AZ –U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar, D.D.S (AZ-01) released the following statement today on the one year anniversary of the horrific shootings that killed six people and wounded 13 others at a “Congress On Your Corner” meet-and-greet hosted by Congresswoman Gabby Giffords for constituents on January 8, 2011. Gosar said:

“On the one year anniversary of the tragic events that took place at public event hosted by Congresswoman Gabby Giffords I would like to express my deepest sympathies to all of those affected. My thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives or were injured on that day.

I continue to marvel at the resolve of Congresswoman Giffords and her husband for their strength and positive outlook through her recovery.

On this anniversary of this tragedy we should be reminded throughout our state and nation to recognize the importance of identifying and treating those with severe and persistent mental illness. It is my hope that we do not allow this event to further stigmatize those who are in need of or are currently receiving treatment but instead see it as an opportunity to bring attention to this important health issue which affects approximately 60 million Americans.

We must be vigilant and recognize the early warning signs of those who are in need of intervention and crisis treatment before a crisis occurs.”

Additional resources are below:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Public Awareness & Support:
National Institute of Mental Health:
National Alliance on Mental Illness:




  1. Heartfelt wishes for the many families who lost loved ones in this attack and a speedy recovery to those who were injured.

    However, justice eludes the attacker due to technicalities about his “mental” health. Our laws are misguided. This man carried out planned murders with precision. Some how that just doesn’t add up to mental impairment. He should have gotten a speedy trial in the condition he was in when he carried out that crime, and a jury should have been allowed to determine his fate.

    As it stands, juries aren’t allowed to do their job until after “mental health experts” have at him. The attacker is being force fed psychotics to make him “fit” to face a jury. There is something really wrong with this picture.

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