“We know that silence equals consent when atrocities are committed against innocent men, women and children. We know that indifference equals complicity when bigotry, hatred and intolerance are allowed to take root. And we know that education and hope are the most effective ways to combat ignorance and despair.” ~ Gabrielle Giffords (born June 8, 1970)
Gabrielle Giffords is an American politician in the Democratic Party. She is currently serving in the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona.
This is an eloquent and deeply intelligent quotation from a hard-working member of Congress who believes in bipartisanship. I have been deeply impressed with excerpts from Giffords’ interviews with NPR hosts and correspondents (aired on NPR January 8, 2011).
I wish Gabrielle Giffords – and others injured in the shooting – a complete and speedy recovery. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims, their families and friends.
Blessings to the memory of the deceased. Rest in peace.
[Source for quotation: a post on Rep Giffords’ official Facebook page by Karin Have, January 9, 2011. Date and biographical information from Wikipedia, accessed January 9, 2011.]