My heart is with my former colleagues, their families & staff, and the US Capitol Police- public servants and heroes today and every day.
She later released a longer statement:
May we all come together with prayers for the survivors, love for their friends and family, and the courage to make this country its best. pic.twitter.com/2CIOnOh2su
Coming from Giffords, herself the direct victim of similar violence, the message is especially poignant. It demonstrates both compassion and political restraint. Unfortunately, in an all-too-common occurrence on the internet, she was soon callously attacked by other Trump supporters on twitter:
People like you enable this by trying to ban legal firearms go F yourself
One user rejected Giffords’s call for peace and advocated the assassination of Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi:
Some tried to blame the shooting on the investigation into Trump’s Russia connections:
Or maybe the left and MSM should stop with Russia stole the election.
Why don’t you blame all these democrats who are stirring their crazies up, this is their fault! This is what HATE does!
Of course the Democrats will immediately blame guns, not their vile vitriolic unprofessional rhetoric & behavior. You stay classy Democrats
Still other Trump supporters were borderline nonsensical:
We need to register and then ban all people who speak hate towards Trump.
As well as the usual Trumpist conspiracy theorists:
Police stand down as Soros funded “protests” become riots. Leftists are emboldened & their violence escalates. The riots must be put down!
BS, you probably staged this for another gun-grab attempt. Sorry, TRAITOR, it’s NOT going to work.
It seems Republicans are all too happy to order Democrats to show restraint and avoid talking about gun control after mass shootings, but the same restraint doesn’t extend to themselves.