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Nathan White

Kucinich Calls for New Direction to Approaching the Causes of Violence


Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today called for a "new direction" and an "organized approach to deal with the causes of violence." On the Floor of the House of Representatives, Kucinich spoke in support and compassion for Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the victims of an attack on Congresswoman Giffords life that left six dead and more than a dozen injured.

See video here, the full text of his statement follows:

"We are one as we pay tribute to Congresswoman Giffords and all of the other victims of violence in Tucson. Our gathering reflects the truth of America's first motto, which is above this chamber, E Pluribus Unum: out of many, we are one. It is vital that we acknowledge our oneness, not just as a Congress, but as a nation and as a world. In that appreciation for oneness we find human sympathy, compassion and love.

"It is an awareness of the imperative of human unity which can bring us to the threshold of understanding our power to bring an end to the violence which is consuming our loved ones.

"It is an awareness of the imperative of human unity which can help us to create a new America, where the omnipresence of violence is understood as a challenge to be met, not as an unyielding truth of the human condition to be accepted.

"Our hearts are open now as we recognize the victims. So let us be open to a new direction where we in this nation can take an organized approach to deal with the causes of violence, not just the effects.

"We are one with our sister Congresswoman Giffords and all the other victims. Let us continue to be one with each other as we struggle to bring light to this moment of darkness."

Kucinich was speaking in support of H.Res. 32 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to the tragic shooting in Tucson, Arizona, on January 8, 2011.

Dennis Kucinich is an American politician. A U.S. Representative from Ohio from 1997 to 2013, he was also a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States in 2004 and 2008.