DENVER (AP) - Colorado Sen. Mark Udall says the assassination attempt against Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords could help curb excess and exaggeration in the national political debate.
Udall told the Associated Press Tuesday the attack affected him and other lawmakers personally. Udall campaigned for Giffords, who represents a district Udall's late father, Morris Udall, represented.
Udall says the impact on the tone in Washington may be deeper and longer-lasting than some expect. He says this session of Congress could be productive on spending, energy and immigration.
Udall, a democrat who supports gun ownership rights, says the attack should prompt a debate on how to keep firearms out of the hands of mentally troubled people.
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