Kirk, Durbin, Shimkus react to Ariz. shootings

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Candles surround portraits of federal judge John Roll and U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), who were shot January 8, 2011 in Tuscon, Arizona. Roll was killed and Giffords seriously injured at a public event entitled 'Congress on Your Corner' when a gunman opened fire outside a Safeway grocery store in Tucson. It was reported that eighteen people were shot, including members of Giffords' staff, and six are dead, including one young child. One suspect is in custody. (Getty/ John Moore)

WASHINGTON D.C. (KMOX) – Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has new Illinois Senator Mark Kirk’s old Congressional office in Washington.

Kirk says he worked with fellow Cornell University alum Giffords on  U.S. – China relations and found her to be a thoughtful, effective legislator.

Kirk says he commends the heroes who tackled the person that allegedly shot Giffords and more than a dozen others Saturday in Tucson, and he prays for the victims and their loved ones.

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin thinks some political candidates and strategists need to “re-think” their messages, in the wake of Saturday’s deadly shootings in Arizona.

Investigators think Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords may have been targeted by a man with an agenda.

Senator Durbin says the heat of politics may have costed some people their lives, “Putting crosshairs on Congressional districts as targets? These sorts of things invite the kind of toxic rhetoric that can lead unstable people to believe this is an acceptable response.”

Durbin was a guest, Sunday, on CNN’s “State of the Union” show.

Illinois Congressman John Shimkus from Collinsville put a message on his Twitter account, Saturday, that said, “Please pray for my colleague Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot at a public event in Tucson.”

(Copyright: KMOX Radio)

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