'This Week' Transcript: After the Tragedy


There are all kinds of laws that Congress needs to look at and -- and I think there is a time for this debate. But for what we saw and felt right now, I'm not sure that applause and things going on are appropriate right now until we've had actually, maybe had the funerals finished for the people that have --that were (sic) suffered and died.

My neighbor is one of those people. And -- and I loved that man. And -- and I want to see -- I want to see some introspection maybe from the people before the national debate happens. You know, and those -- and -- and it's very well to have those things. But something's going to have to happen with -- with everybody.

And -- and I just -- I mean, it's -- it's something that where as a country, we talk about political discourse and what's appropriate and what's not. I think that -- that applies to everybody including the media who's -- who's -- you know, and not in this -- this -- this has been a very, very cathartic thing for everybody.

Immediately after the shooting to see people jump to political angles. I just don't want to see that right now and I'm a very political person. So I -- I would ask that maybe we -- we have that discussion and it's a larger discussion and that -- and that we have that just a little bit later.

AMANPOUR: Up next, a time for healing. How Tucson and the country can learn from the tragedy, as our American conversation continues.

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AMANPOUR: I would like to ask some of the political leaders who we've invited, Representative Kolbe, Congresswoman Giffords ran for your seat when you retired in 2006, and she won. You, a Republican representative. What can Tucson and this community learn from what happened?

KOLBE: One hopes that from all of this there will come a more sensible, rational discourse on the topics -- the subjects that face this country. I -- I personally don't think that was responsible for this lone act of this very deranged young man. But I hope that out of it something good can come, and that would be if we can have a more civil, reasonable discourse on some of the subjects -- topics that we face.

But Gabby Giffords was doing the -- what all of us who are -- have been in Congress or in public office have done. That's get out there and meet with our constituents. And I don't think that that's going to change. I think members of Congress are going to continue to want to do that. And it's one of the risks we face.

AMANPOUR: Mayor Walkup, you've been a long time friend of -- of Gabby Giffords. You're a Republican. She's a Democrat. Do you think that the whole public politicking can continue -- the Congress on your corners showing the kind of connection between elected representatives and their constituents?

WALKUP Well, we have to. I don't know that I -- Gabby and I ever talked about that she's a Democrat and I'm a Republican. We always talked about what is the right thing for our people. What's the right thing for this community. And that drove her. And frankly, she brought all of us into that -- that feeling. And it's -- it's a deep feeling. But it -- it makes this job a great job.

AMANPOUR: My colleague, David Muir, there in the audience. And you have also some people who want to talk about the political situation here.

MUIR: Yes. I wanted to bring in Jason Rose, long time Arizona political consultant. I'm curious where you see this headed -- the discourse, and this talk of greater civility.

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