If you could speak at this evening’s memorial service in Arizona, what would you say?

President Obama will be among the speakers at the memorial service to honor victims of last Saturday’s mass shooting in Arizona. Today’s Question: If you could speak at this evening’s memorial service in Arizona, what would you say?

  • Paul of Tarsus

    If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

  • Jeanne

    I think the fact that there’s only one comment here is quite telling. I think most of us are stumped at what could be said to offer hope and console the families and, in turn, the country. I pray the right words, followed by the right actions, can come for all of us.

  • Kathie

    If I could speak, and especially if I was President O, I would forget about being Consoler in Chief and absolutely raise hell. This sort of thing has happened far too often and has got to be stopped. The appropriate response is anger and determination to do something about it.

  • Steve

    lets try to be a kinder and nicer nation-minnesota nice!

  • Mikaela

    Everyone is so concerned about the rights of gun owners but who is talking about my right as a citizen to go out and see a public figure without fear of being shot at. I pay taxes, I contribute to my community. Is it really so much to ask that I might live to enjoy it?

  • DNA

    First to the Voyagers having dropped their bodies and those who yet need further use of theirs:

    First Stage of the Voyage chapter.

    “Reading #4 – Confronting the Clear Light

    ~Now I am experiencing the Clear Light of objective reality. Nothing is happening, nothing ever has happened or ever will happen. My present sense of self, the voyager, is in reality the void itself, having no qualities or characteristics. I remember myself as the voyager, whose deepest nature is the Clear Light itself; I am one; there is no other. I am the voidness of the void, the eternal unborn, the uncreated, neither real nor unreal. All that I have been conscious of is my own play of consciousness, a dance of light, the swirling patterns of light in infinite extension, endless endlessness, the Absolute beyond change, existence, reality. I, the voyager, am inseparable from the Clear Light; I cannot be born, die, exist, or change. I know now that this is my true nature.”

    –From American Book of the Dead by E.J. Gold

    Second, to all, I quote Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, “All life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.This is the interrelated structure of reality. ”

    May we live together in kindness, compassion joy and peace.

  • Isaiah ben Amoz

    If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday.

  • Kirk

    I would remind our society that while bitter, derisive political rhetoric is obviously not directly responsible for this trajedy, it CLEARLY DOES CONTRIBUTE ENERGY (on a continual, cumulative basis) to anyone inclined to act violently.

    I would state that while some may consider “cross-hairs” to be part of our ‘most cherished traditions’, I clearly do not.

  • Michael Farnham

    I would apologize for the State of Minnesota that we gave a platform to Michelle Bachmann. Maybe now people will see her for what she is: a crazy, power addicted rich person who has no real moral compass what so ever.

  • Gary F

    My wife, Kelli, had a very apt insight: The “well regulated militia” so ardently advocated by those who believe everyone should be armed, seems to need a lot more regulation.

  • steve

    I would remind those that most people are pretty decent. look at the outpouring. For all the Westboro’s protesting and mocking at funerals, another group makes Angel wings. So much divides us, but so much unites us that we need to focus on the connections we all have. This is a horrible tragedy but we need to let our better selves prevail, not our worst tendencies.

  • Nancy Clemens

    While the statements of tonight’s speakers will likely end up as sound bytes and quotations in written (published) material, I would sincerely hope each testimonial, eulogy or spiritual lesson is founded upon compassion, love and respect – and not a shrewd analysis of what phrases can be used to earn political points. In the days and weeks to follow, there will be many opportunities for points to be made. That said, if I were one of the speakers at tonight’s memorial, here is a portion of what I would say…

    “It is difficult to make sense out of an act of violence that ended the lives of the 6 people we mourn today and caused great suffering and pain for those still struggling to recover. How quickly lives are forever altered, hopes shattered, and dreams lost! But as we meet today to share our sorrows, to grieve and to pray for all who have been harmed — we must turn to the lives of each victim — for inspiration and for hope. Since the tragic event of last weekend, there have been hundreds of stories told about each individual and how he or she has made a positive difference in the lives of others. And it is out of these collective stories we are able to draw the strength and find the courage and wisdom to move forward.”

  • Kevin VC

    Nothing.

    Be there to help cope, show support, and ‘just be there’.

    What word could fill such a void?

    None that I can think of.