LETTER: College Republicans and Democrats unite in condemning Arizona shooting

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 | 12:55 p.m. CST; updated 4:03 p.m. CST, Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The executive boards of both the College Democrats and the College Republicans would like to join President Obama, House Speaker Boehner, our state legislature and countless other Americans in their condemnation of the attack that took place Jan. 8. Violence has no place in the realm of civil debate. The senseless nature of the attack in Arizona only adds to the strength and magnitude of our condemnation.

Recent events are too tragic for unnecessary partisan bickering, hurtful accusations and finger pointing. Now, it is a time for unity and cooperation, not division and conflict. There are issues that we will struggle to agree on. However, we stand in unity with the belief that Christina Green's America. A better America is not just desirable. It is necessary.

Matt Tharp is the president of MU's chapter of College Democrats,  and Sophie Mashburn is the chairwoman of MU's chapter of College Republicans

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