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Lawmakers' statements

In the wake of Wednesday's deadly shooting at Fort Hood, many lawmakers issued statements of sympathy and support for the victims and their families.

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX):

"Tonight, Texans' hearts are once again very heavy. The scenes coming from Ft. Hood today are sadly too familiar and still too fresh in our memories. No community should have to go through this horrific violence once, let alone twice. I ask that all Americans join Sandy and me in praying for the victims, their families and the entire Ft. Hood community."

Texas Sen. Troy Fraser (R-Dist. 24):

"Tonight, I join countless others in grieving following the senseless violence at Fort Hood. My thoughts and prayers are with all the brave men and women in uniform who serve us at Fort Hood and with their families and loved ones. Perhaps my greatest honor as a legislator is representing the tight-knit community of Fort Hood. While we await more information surrounding this tragedy, I ask that you pray for peace and healing."'

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Dist. 18):

"Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee offers her deepest sympathy to the families of the men and women who lost their lives and to those who were injured at Fort Hood. This is the second time that an incident like this has occurred.  This is a threat to our national security and a threat to the men and women in the United States military.  It is time now to formulate a serious Homeland Security response that makes this base impenetrable.  The last shooting on November 5, 2009, I mourned with the Fort Hood family and we said never again.  Now, we have to question the security of this base and demand zero tolerance for security breaches on our military bases and government facilities.  This should not happen on our domestic soil."

President Barack Obama

"They serve with valor. They serve with distinction, and when they're at their home base, they need to feel safe. We don't yet know what happened tonight, but obviously that sense of safety has been broken once again."


Gov. Rick Perry

"Today, Fort Hood was once again stricken by tragedy. As Texans, our first priority must be caring for the victims and their families. Ft. Hood has proven its resilience before, and will again. Texas will support those efforts in any way we can, with any resources necessary. The thoughts and prayers of all Texans are with everyone affected by this tragedy."

Twitter message from U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas

"Please join me in praying for those at Fort Hood."

Twitter message from Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, Republican nominee for governor

"Thoughts and prayers go out to all at Fort Hood and their families."

State Sen. Wendy Davis, Democratic nominee for governor

"Texans are united in deep sorrow at this terrible tragedy. Our prayers are with the families and all those who serve at Fort Hood."

Congressman John Carter

"First and foremost, my thoughts and prayers are with the victims at Fort Hood and the families. We all should be praying not only for these folks, but for the Fort Hood community as a whole. The idea that a second attack could happen at Fort Hood is heartbreaking not only to the victims, but to the survivors. The knowledge that a soldier could attack another soldier is devastating to the emotional wellbeing of our troops, which is why in the aftermath of this tragedy support for our troops is more important than ever. We need to rally around the community and provide the safety and security these people deserve. It is my mission in Congress to ensure that the victims of the 2009 attack and today's attack are protected and helped from this point forward. While we do not know the motives of the shooter at this time, I will continue to investigate this crisis until all the facts are known. But for now the best we can do is to pray and support the community."