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Congress On Your Corner ~ Representative Gabrielle Giffords

Congress On Your Corner ~ Gabrielle Giffords; Mike in Tucson, mortgage lender

~ Congress On Your Corner ~

~ Gabrielle Giffords ~

I haven't been able to blog since Saturday.  This evening, though, it became clear to me that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was doing what all of us, of every political persuasion, want from our representatives, and I want you to share this thought with me. 

Gabby Giffords was making herself available to her constituents.  She was listening to their concerns.  

Whether, like me, you're a Republican, or you're a Democrat, Libertarian or Independent, you have to admire what this Congresswoman was doing in the Safeway parking lot on Saturday morning.  Ask yourself if your Congressman or Congresswoman has ever taken such an initiative.  Open the conversation with your local representative.

Think for yourself
Don't listen to pundits who tell you that this shooting is the result of hate-mongering from one side or the other.  Gabby Giffords doesn't hate anyone.  No one that I've ever talked with in Tucson hates Gabby.

When she ran for her first term, I was invited to a fundraiser at someone's home in the Foothills.

I went and I listened to what she had to say.  That's what she was doing last Saturday morning ~ listening to what people had to say.  I pray God that she recovers and is able to continue her career in Congress.  Join me in that prayer, whether you are a Democrat, an Independent, a Libertarian or a Republican.

Thomas Jefferson, writing to his friend George Wythe from Paris in August of 1786, said "Preach, my dear Sir, a crusade against ignorance.  Establish and improve the law for educating the common people." 

Today, Jefferson might encourage you to turn off your television, to turn off your radio, to reach out in kindness to someone with whom you disagree and start talking, quietly and respectfully. 

Don't wait for them to come to you.  Open your heart and mind.  Initiate the conversation.


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Comment balloon 49 commentsMike Jones • January 11 2011 01:12AM


From what i have been hearing she is a true advocate for her people.  She is characterized by people on both sides of the isle as a great lady.

Posted by Tim Lorenz, 949 874-2247 (TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team) almost 10 years ago


You heard right!  Thanks for being the first to comment.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 10 years ago

Good morning Mike,

In the ideal world all of our elected would be doing the same thing that Congresswoman Giffords was doing.  It would be a nice change to have them listening and making more sound decisions.  I applaud her and pray that she will be returning to her seat in congress soon.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) almost 10 years ago

Another sad day for America. Your post is spot on.

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) almost 10 years ago

"Gabby Giffords was making herself available to her constituents.  She was listening to their concerns."

Such a sad day for everyone and you are right, she does not hate anyone but unfortunately the conversation in this country these days is filled with vitriol and there is no place for that. I agree with you we should turn of the TV and radio and avoid the "infotainers" who would exploit us in the name of ratings and the almighty dollar.

I am a huge admirer of representatives who are out and about, available to constituents and not just behind closed doors with special interests.

Mike, I seem to have hopped on a soapbox here, sorry but your post just made me remember that there are still level headed people out there...Thanks!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) almost 10 years ago


I think that when we get to know who the shooter is, we'll find out that he isn't tied to the left or the right.  It isn't about politics for him, it's about himself.  IMHO

Broker Bryant,

Thanks for stopping by.


Thank you.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 10 years ago

Mike this has been heart wrenching for all us... and I'm sure it's double hard for you guys in Tuscon.  Thanks so much for your call this morning - you, and the folks there are in our prayers.

Posted by Eleanor Thorne, Equity Resources 919-649-5058 (Equity Resources) almost 10 years ago

Mike you make a great point... this is in many ways a time to remember the sentiment of 9/11.  By all accounts she is a fighter, and our family certainly holds Gabby and ALL of the people whose life was changed on Saturday in our prayers.  Thank you for sharing this Mike.

Posted by Joshua Harley, CEO, Tech Geek, Innovator, Disruptor, US Marine (Fathom Realty) almost 10 years ago

Mke - my prayers and thoughts are with her and her family, as well as those of the families of the other victims, and he people of Arizona. She was serving her people and hopefully she will soon be back doing that again.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) almost 10 years ago

Mike - this post is now featured in the group Blatant Politics!

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) almost 10 years ago

Our prayers are with her and all the victims. Your blog is on the spot.

Posted by Ritu Desai, Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949 (Samson Properties) almost 10 years ago


Thanks for your prayers.  See you on your blog!


Thanks for featuring this.  Now if I can get it simultaneously featured on Voice of Reason, we will have achieved a worthy goal.


Thank you!


I appreciate your comment; thanks much.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 10 years ago

Mike, I do think that people like us are not affected by hate speech, but too many people out there are on the edge and suceptable to all the noise. I hope that somehow that America can look at this tragedy and find a way to be passionate about what they believe in but as you say embrace tolerance. My heart goes out to those killed whose family members and friends are mourning and trying to make sense of the loss, and to those wounded like the Represenative, physical and psychological healing. 

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) almost 10 years ago

Mike, good thoughts.  I hope you and your family are doing well.

Since Ms. Giffords is the Tucson rep, I didn't know much about her except for what some "experts" were saying during the election.  What stood out the most about her was her even temperment, her calm demeanor and her "can do" attitude.  Working in the public eye is never easy - putting oneself in front of others, left open for criticism and mud slinging and every verbal beratement is tough.  But this tragedy is so horrific - no one deserved this!!!!  NO ONE!!!!!

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) almost 10 years ago


Thank you.  I wish others would take your lead and remove politics from the equation.  The tragedy of the judge, the 9 year old girl and the other victims who died shouldn't be reduced to a partisan extremist blame game.

Posted by David M. Dwares, Title guy with a broker license (Title Professionals Corp.) almost 10 years ago

Its a sad day for America.  The mutual dances of "freedom for" and "protection of" We The People and those who represent us are difficult to balance.  When that disturbed young man was able to acquire a semi-automatic gun capable of killing and hurting so many in seconds - I imagine we erred on the side of freedom and failed the side of protection.  Its complicated, isn't it?

Posted by Jeanne Dufort, Madison and Lake Oconee GA (Coldwell Banker Lake Country) almost 10 years ago

This is so sad for Congress, for Tucson, and for America.

Posted by Andy Kress (Rental Solutions Oahu) almost 10 years ago

and pray for the families of those who lost loved ones already; especially Christina Taylor Green the little girl...

Posted by Cindy Marchant, "Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate (Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 www.marchantteam.com) almost 10 years ago

It is indeed a tragedy and I think Gabby would be proud if such a tragedy that has befallen her would cause people to spend more time listening and speaking with one another than AT one another. 

Posted by Christianne O'Malley, Exceptional Service - Delivering Results in Reno! (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) almost 10 years ago

Mike though her name might have been unknown to many of us before the tragedy on Saturday she now has the entire country pulling for her in thought and prayers. 

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 10 years ago

Mike ~ You said so much in your blog.  Truly, a horrific tragedy for all of the victims, Tucson, the State of Arizona and the country.  I do not have the words to describe all of my feelings about this being an Arizona resident myself with lots of friends and family in Tucson who live near the site.  Still working through this myself.

Posted by Ken Speer (Alpha Global Associates) almost 10 years ago


Words are hard to formulate in the face of such tragedy.  The image that breaks my heart is the face of little Christina Taylor Greene who didn't survive.


Keep on praying!  I believe Rep. Giffords will pull through despite her horrific wound.  She won't give up.


She's a kind, compassionate, articulate woman.  I believe she will pull through.

Cindy in Indi,

We just cried when that little girl's face came up on the TV screen on Sunday.  My Darlin' and I have 12 grandkids, some of them just Christina's age.  May God hold those parents and grandparents close.  The morning news said that the "church" that protests at our soldiers' funerals is coming to Tucson to protest the deceased.  Pray for their defeat.


Amen to that!


Evil people will find a way to commit carnage.  We have friends in Rwanda (Africa) where guns aren't available; thousands have been killed with machetes.


I couldn't agree more!


I had breakfast this morning at Beyond Bread, on the corner with which the world has become familiar ~ Oracle and Ina Roads.  The mood in the restaurant was subdued as we watched the FBI folk cris-crossing the parking lot with metal detectors looking for evidence.


I appreciate your comment.

Mike in Tucson


Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 10 years ago

Very well said, Mike. I can only hope that she is able to make a somewhat-full recovery and the community is able to carry on.

Posted by Aaron Seekford, Ranked Top 1% Nationwide 703-836-6116 (Arlington Realty, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Mike love the post.  Politics aside Gabby is a person like any one of us and what was done to her and the others was UNACCEPTABLE.  It could have been anyone there that day.  My sympathies are with her family and the families of the other survivors and the victim's families. 

No one should be worried about whether it was bad politics or whatever.  They were people and that is all that matters.  I heard today that she is breathing on her own.  I hope that it is true and she recovers fully to pick up right where she left off.  I hope the other survivors are able to do the same.

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) almost 10 years ago

Thank you, Mike for putting words to my thoughts of this week.  I'm impressed with the dignified woman who stepped out to be approachable to her constituents and I'll join you in that prayer (as I have all week).  Thank you again for sharing this post.

Posted by Dee Bundy, Helping You Make Colorado "Home" (Fort Collins Realtor @ C3 Real Estate Solutions) almost 10 years ago

Mike:  Well put.  No matter the policitical angle from which we are seeing this ... we should all be able to agree on one thing.  None of these victims deserved this outcome.  Prayers, thoughts, and best wishes go out to all those that now directly and indirectly suffer from this young man's rash and violent actions.  May the victims, he, and our nation all heal ...


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) almost 10 years ago

Hi Mike,  Absolutely loved your thoughts.  I'm a democrat and cringe at some of the hateful things I hear almost everyday.  Our nation will endure this madmans' horrific act.  I will pray for Giffords and our country !

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) almost 10 years ago

Mike,  As many others, I have watched the news in horror.  There are so many tragedies involved in this one episoede that it is difficult to fathom.  The political railing just make so sense to me.  None of these people deserved to be injured or killed and my thoughts are with each of them and their families.  

Posted by Deborah "Dee Dee" Garvin, C2 Financial (C2 Financial) almost 10 years ago

It is a heartwrenching situation for sure and you are right, I am sure that when all the dust settles, it will not be about the politics.  It will however, make it more difficult to convince representatives to go out and do these events and it may be an uphill battle to get our representatives to take the risk after this tragedy.  I am praying that she makes a full recovery and for those that have been directly affected there in Tucson.  Take care.

Posted by Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group) almost 10 years ago

Mike - It's sad that the media speculation about why was so far off. I agree with you, she was doing her job the way we think it should be done. Here in Tennessee, we are still used to the government officials doing the same thing. I've been able to see most of the current Government leaders in very public environments, and they didn't have any fear of crazy people.

 But I think they all should. We should all be  concerned that the mentally unstable are in the general population.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) almost 10 years ago

Mike, thanks for your thoughts. I wish the "experts" were as focused on the actual people rather than counting coup on the "other" side. I'm very lucky here in Utah to have a Representative that is very accessable. Unfortunately, this tragedy is making people talk about more security around our Reps, causing us all to lose some contact. Truly a sad day, on many levels. Prayers going out to all involved, and all of us in general.

Posted by Chris and Berna Sloan, Tooele UT (Group 1 Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Such a sad day for our country and for it to be politicized inexcusable. It is a horrible think this person did, and we should be more focused on the fact that it was probably the cause of severe mental illness. Everything is not about politics and we need to be able to communicate better with those whom we disagree.

Posted by Dawn Crawley, Find Pinehurst Homes (Dawn Crawley Realty) almost 10 years ago


I agree with you!  Thanks for commenting.


I like your depiction of the media "counting coup on the other side."  To 'report the news' in such a selfish, "me-oriented" way draws attention away from the tragedy.  That ought not to be so.


The picture on the front page of the New York Times says volumes about the shooter.


Thank you for your prayers, and for taking the time to comment.


Your response is heartwarming; you're a voice of reason.


Thanks for your comment and your prayers.  Take a Republican fishing.  You'll find a lot in common.


Amen to your comment!


You're welcome!  Thanks for stopping by.


Your comment puts a human face on the tragedy; thank you!


The doctors are encouraged, and today they report that Gabby is breathing on her own.

Mike in Tucson


Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 10 years ago

Mental illness is a tough thing to deal with.  The medications are getting better but there are still many side effects.  It's also tough to make certain that the person stays on them.  It's a shame that his problem affected so many innocent people. 

Posted by Tim Maitski, Truth, Excellence and a Good Deal (Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage) almost 10 years ago


  I have no sympathy to waste on the shooter.  He planned and he executed.  I'm hoping that the Prosecuter and the justice system do the same.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 10 years ago

I have no sympathy for the shooter.  Nor do I have any sympathy for the laws that protect the right of the insane over the rights of the general population. 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

This was a horrible, horrible tragedy.  Having lost my friend to an insane shooter here in CT last year, I can tell you it is truly difficult to cope with a senseless act of cowardice.   I feel awful for the Congresswoman as well as those whose lives were taken for no reason.  I am praying for all of the victims and their families.

Posted by Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale (Kinard Realty Group Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Gabrielle Giffords seems like the kind of representative we all would like to have.  This is so unfortunate, regardless of party affiliation, and I'm disgusted that approximately half our country is being blamed for this tragedy by the other half, when it was the work of a single deranged person.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Hi Michael...There are too many horrible things happening everywhere.  Sometimes it is the fault of a mentally ill person and sometimes it is not.  Why there is so much distrust and ill feeling is a sad thing.  We live in a wonderful country, no matter which political party is in power.

Until we know all the reasons the killer did what he did we can only speculate.  Not every mentally ill person does such a horrific thing.  

I do know that raising a family I was concerned about how my children treated one another not only physically but verbally.  Why?  Because words can be damaging too.


Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) almost 10 years ago

Nobody deserves this... agree or disagree with their positions and beliefs... argue them rationally... but there is no room for violence.  It is sad that so many want to politicize this tragedy to push their own agendas. 

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) almost 10 years ago

You (all of Arizona) are in our thoughts and prayers.  We wish the Congresswoman a full recovery and wish comfort and peace to the families left behind. 

Posted by Debbie White (Southeast Alaska Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Mike, it is a time and a situation where all Americans should be humbled and sorrowed that a servant of the people would be gunned down and innocent lives lost so cowardly and senselessly.  This is a time when we need to remember the most important things we are people and as a Nation, we are all Americans, regardless of our political leanings.  We as Americans need to understand that this should NEVER happen on our soil!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) almost 10 years ago

Mike- Gabby, her family, the victims and the family of the killer- our prayers go out for all of them. Imagine how hard it is as a parent to know that your son did something like this. This was the act of a lone crazy person who with the ongoing investigation is proving that he acted alone. He did not even listen to Sarah Palin. He did not listen to Rush. He did not care about Beck. 

THe irresponsible media and crappy journalism that does not even bother anymore to get the facts first is really beyond reprehension. To jump to the conclusion of blaming anyone for that matter left or right- was totally immature and disgusting just furthering the divide. They even blamed her opponent who happened to actually be friends with Gabby since they were both 5 years old. To even bring this up about him was so evil, to hurt those on both sides that love Gabby. I am sure she would be very disappointed in this coverage. 

The most fearful part of all of this, is that when a tragedy like this happens, those that want to control others take these tragedies to try to make people trade in their freedoms for security. 

Jeanne- Bad guys will always be able to get guns. It has been proven over and over again that crime rates go down when citizens are armed to protect their homes from intruders, etc. That has been proven also in every massacre here, that the murderers who were stopped by someone else with a gun- there were only one or two people killed and in gun free zones dozens of people are killed because you can't stop a gunman without a weapon. So in the end, if the individual's right to protection is taken away, the bad guys will have a field day. 

Even though this man was insane- he still had rights. This is the tough part. But politics did not have anything to do with his MO. 

The other part that we must be careful of is now there are those who wish to curtail our free speech even more. Be very careful because what you don't like someone else saying, that someone else does not like what you are saying so who gets to decide? There are those in congress who now want symbols and words banned, so now we get the word police. Go check out Minority Report and watch that movie in case you have forgotten where this leads. What symbols are violent and who gets to decide? Is Target going to change the name of their store now? Is the cross going to become a violent symbol? There is no telling where this leads. 

Remember the words of Benjamin Franklin: 

Those who will trade liberty for security, deserve neither. 

There will always be crazy killers, it has been that way for eons since the beginning of time. There has always been violence, since humans existed. No amount of laws will change that, in fact, the more laws you have the more volatile people become. Katerina 


Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) almost 10 years ago

This is really a sad happening, while no one is the direct blame, we all share it as a society

It hits home because my 7 year old daughter was also born on 9/11

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) almost 10 years ago


Hold her close.  Thanks for stopping by.


As much as any one, and perhaps more, you know the value of freedom and the danger of losing it.  Thanks for your reasoned comment.


Right you are!


Thank you so much.




Kindness and respect to and for others; that's what we want from our children.


Those looking for a political "edge" are much less interested in the victims than they are in their own agenda, IMHO.


Thank you for sharing your story.


Thanks for saying so.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 10 years ago

Hey Mike - well said.

We were shocked to hear Christina was killed.  My youngest son played baseball both on the same team with Christina (the CDO Pirates) and sometimes on the other side of the diamond.  When Christina would step into the batters box, she would always turn around and smile to her family, a big smile.  Then she would hit the ball, usually better than most of the boys on the team.

Christina was awesome.  My son heard about a memorial fund set up in her name to help kids, and asked if we could contribute.  I found the information on the Explorer website, and for anyone interested:  The family of Christina Taylor Green established a memorial fund in honor of their daughter. To donate, go to www.cfsoaz.org, e-mail christinataylorgreenmemorial@cfsoaz.org or send a check to: The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, In Memory of Christina Taylor Green, 2250 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85719. 

Posted by Paul Dunn, former orginator almost 10 years ago


It's a heartbreaker, isn't it?  Thanks for recording your memory here, and for the link.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 10 years ago

This type of thing makes no sense to me.

My sister also lives in Tucson, in fact she lives around the corner and shops where this happened. Further, she met Gabrielle Giffords at another one of these meet and greets just before Christmas.  Though they share different political views, my sister was inspored by her and appreciated Congresswoman Giffords taking the time to talk with her.

My hope is that we can all be more tolerant of each other and remember that this type of violence is not a solution.

We should want our representatives among us, and they should not have to fear for their lives while doing their jobs.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) almost 10 years ago

Now more than three weeks after that terrible event in Tucson, I still think about the victims and their family and friends and how difficult it must be to move forward.  It tears me up when I see pictures of Christina's radiant smile and listen to the wonderful stories her parents and others have shared about her life.  It's so sad that her life was ended so soon.

This happened in Tucson just like it happened at Columbine High School, Virginia Tech, and so many other places throughout the United States.  This is deeply personal to each one of us, as we all could sadly become a victim of such violence or have close connections with someone who is a victim.

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