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Congresswoman Slaughter voices anger in Tucson shootings

Western New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

By Eileen Buckley


Buffalo, NY – Western New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter offered her first reaction to the tragic shootings in Tucson, Arizona Monday afternoon.

"I think it is awful. I don't want guns on the floor of the House," said Slaughter.

Slaughter places some of the blame on the airwaves and Federal Communications Commission.

Congress woman Slaughter met with reporters at her District office in Rochester. Buffalo reporters were able to listen on a conference call.

Slaughter is concerned that the national airwaves could be fueling the fire with unstable citizens.

"Frankly what I would like to see if we can all get together on both sides of the isle. Democrats and republicans to and really talk about what we can do to cool down the country. Part of it has to be what they are hearing over the airwaves," said Slaughter.

Slaughter said she needs to conduct a review of the FCC rules in light of what she has heard in some past broadcasts.

"As citizens of the United States and part owner, as you all our of those of those airwaves, I really resent the fact that and have for some time that people aren't always told the truth," noted Slaughter.

Slaughter said she has no plans to change her security. Slaughter says she is not fearful for herself, only her family.

A brick was thrown through Slaughter's office in Niagara Falls last year at the height of the health care debate. Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster had posted a police car outside of Slaughter's local office as a precaution since the Arizona shooting.

Slaughter said this tragedy means it is time to call for gun law changes.