It is important that the thoughts and reflections of each of us be directed to the families of those who were wounded, and to the families of those who lost their lives in the senseless Arizona shooting. We hope for a a speedy and full recovery for everyone involved.
As with all significant issues, sound leadership is now required to chart the path for the future.
I applaud Representative Giffords for her willingness to engage the people of her district on a direct, and personal level. Based on press reports, it appears that she truly wanted to give her constituents an opportunity to share their thoughts with her---on a regular basis. As a society, we need direct access to our elected officials. We can't let this tradition fall by the wayside because of an isolated criminal act. I can't speak for Representative Giffords, but I suggest that she, of all people, would not want representatives and senators to stop interacting with their constituents the way she has done for years.
For students of leadership, there will be much to observe in the coming months.