Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terrance Gainer looks down on the Cannon Rotunda on Wednesday as Members, staff and visitors sign condolence books for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others. He participated in a security briefing for Senate staff later in the day.
“It is a time for us to reflect on the heightened anger being projected in our public debate and the daily denigration of those with whom we disagree,” he said. “And it is appropriate that the wrenching, shocking, senseless violence of that day compel us all to reflect on our own responsibility to temper our words and respect those with whom we disagree, lest the failure to do so give incitement to the angriest and most unstable among us.”
Jessica Brady and Jackie Kucinich contributed to this report
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.