Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D- San Francisco/ San Mateo) issued the following statement today in response to the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her staff:

“Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is a very talented, rising star in the Congress making important contributions to science and technology, in particular in solar, space and aeronautics technology. She is extremely committed to her constituents and her community. She and her staff were attacked while engaging in the most basic activities of public service. They were holding the first “Congress on Your Corner” just days after the 112th Congress convened. This horrendous act of violence is unspeakable and an assault on our democracy. My thoughts and prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords, her husband and family, the members of her staff and their families, and all persons killed or injured by this senseless act.”