Safeway Reconsidering Whether to Allow Congress on Your Corner Events at Its Stores

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Safeway Inc. is reconsidering whether to continue allowing the Congress on Your Corner events to take place at the grocery stores across the nation after the tragic shooting in Arizona that left six people dead and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in serious condition. 

Teena Massingill, a spokeswoman for the Pleasanton-based company, said Safeway is reviewing the policy, but has not made a decision.

Giffords was holding a morning Congress on your Corner event at a Safeway in Tucson on Jan. 8 when she was shot in the head and six others were killed, including 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green. Police have arrested and charged Jared Loughner on suspicion of committing the shooting spree.

According to Giffords' Web site, the regular event was a chance for constituents to meet her and talk about issues and concerns in the district. The events typically draw 75 to 150 people.

After the shooting, Democrats were quick to hold their own Congress on Your Corner events in their districts, encouraging residents and voters not to be afraid. 

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It's so sad that we live in a day that members of Congress have to fear for their safety while simply meeting with the people in their districts in order to hear their concerns concerning ways to improve our lives as American citizens. Since government officials need such valuable feedback to help them better do the jobs they were elected to do, I hope that something can be done to increase the safety of "Congress On Your Corner" events. In the meantime, hopefully American citizens can offer such valuable feedback to members of Congress through

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