Congressman Bill Flores is calling Saturday's tragedy a "wake-up" call.
News of the shooting that left six dead and critically injured Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords jolted the new leader and his family. Flores is at a retreat this weekend for freshman congress members.
He spoke with News 3 on the phone about how the incident has shaken his sense of security.
"Since I've been sworn in and throughout the campaign, there was only one time I felt I was in any danger," Flores said. "A guy in Madisonville wanted to beat me up, but other than that, I've always felt safe. Now, I guess I need to be a little more cautious and particularly need to make sure that my family and my team and their families are all protected."
Flores also released the following written statement.
"Gina and I are deeply saddened by the senseless act of violence against fellow member of Congress Gabrielle Giffords today in Tucson, AZ. Our thoughts and prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords, her staff, constituents, and all of their families during this time."
Former Congressman Chet Edwards worked with Giffords and knew her well. He released the following statement.
"The assault against Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was an attack against one of the kindest, most gracious Members of Congress I have ever known...I hope all Americans will honor Mrs. Giffords by rejecting the shrillness and hatred in our political debates that can lead to violence."