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Published January 10, 2011, 08:24 AM

Sen. Franken: Tragedy will not keep politicians from meeting with constituents

(WDAY TV) - The shooting of a United States Congresswoman Saturday in Arizona shocked the nation and politicians at every level of government. Six people, including a federal judge, died in the shooting rampage. Minnesota Senator Al Franken is among those voicing shock by what happened.

The quick and short answer is ‘no’. Franken says it's his job to meet with the people he's representing. He says the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will not stop him from doing the job he was elected to do.

Rep.Giffords was shot in the head, and a hospital spokesman calls the Democrat's outlook "optimistic." The man accused of shooting her and 19 others, 22-year old Jared Loughner, appeared in federal court today and was ordered held on bail.

Franken says he hopes the shooting will end some of the negative language towards politicians as they continue to meet and work for the people.

SEN. AL FRANKEN(D) Minnesota: “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.”

No member of the Minnesota delegation has a security detail. Senators Franken and Amy Klobuchar both say they will not limit their appearances in the wake of the shooting.