We at The Heritage Foundation are profoundly saddened by today’s tragedy in Arizona. Along with the rest of the nation, we continue to pray for a full recovery by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and all other surviving victims.

We were deeply distressed to learn of the death of U.S. District Court Judge John Roll, a dedicated public servant who served the American people honorably. He, and the other innocent victims whom we lost today, will be missed and mourned by many.

This senseless and tragic act of violence has horrified us. America’s thoughts and prayers are with the all the victims of this attack at this difficult hour. We ask God to watch over them and their families. May God bless our nation.