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Published January 10, 2011, 05:02 PM

MN Sen. Franken Says He's 'Shocked and Saddened' by AZ Shooting, But Will Continue to Meet with Constituents

Minnesota Senator Al Franken is among those who say they are shocked and saddened by the shooting of a Congresswoman in Arizona. He says it's his job to meet with the people he's representing and this shooting won't stop him.

People across the nation are remembering those killed and praying for those hurt in the Tucson shootings.

Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head at close range Saturday morning as she met with constituents in Tucson, she remains hospitalized.

Six people, including a federal judge, died in the shooting rampage.

Minnesota Senator Al Franken is among those who say they are shocked and saddened. He says it's his job to meet with the people he's representing and this shooting won't stop him.

It was all smiles, Monday though, as Franken toured Ideal Aerosmith in East Grand Forks, two days after a different U.S. lawmaker was shot in the head, talking with the people she represents.

"It's a horrible tragedy, but that's not going to stop those of us in Congress from doing our jobs, and our job is to meet with our constituents," Franken said.

While Franken will continue meeting people in Minnesota, he hopes the shooting will end some of the negative language towards politicians.

"Maybe tamp down some of the worst kinds of violent speech we've been hearing," Franken said.

Because Franken feels that would make it more safe for lawmakers to see what they can do to help out those they're representing and what he's seeing at Ideal Aerosmith, he's liking.

"This kind of high-tech manufacturers are really to me the future for Minnesota and for North Dakota," Franken said.

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