Jun 23, 2012 9:01 PM

Congressman Barber hosts first "Congress on your Corner"

TUCSON-Hundreds of people showed up at an Eastside grocery store for a chance to meet and talk to Congressman Ron Barber Saturday.

Visitors included survivors from the January 8 shooting last year.

This "Congress on your Corner" event was held at a different Safeway than the one on January 8, 2011, where a gunman opened fire, killing 6 people and injuring 13 others.

The injured included Congressman Ron Barber and his former boss, Gabrielle Giffords.

That tragedy was on everyone's minds today.

First in line to meet with the Congressman was Jim Tucker, one of the 13 injured during last year's massive shooting.

"There was a little momentary trepidation because it brings back memories," he said.

It was an emotional moment as the two embraced.

Tucker said although this event brings back tragic memories, it's making new joyous ones as well.

"It's a different setting time has passed and people have healed and it's good to see several others that were there that day," said Tucker.

Dave Gallagher said it's important to keep this tradition of "Congress on your Corner."

"We are not motivated by fear we are motivated by what's positive and what's good," said Gallagher.

Congressman Barber agreed.

"I really felt that it was essential to do this. We cannot be scared away from doing our job and we have to make sure as a member of Congress, people get to meet you get to talk to you whether it's good bad or indifferent, they need to be able to have contact in a very personal way," he said.

Nearly 300 constituents met with Congressman Barber to express their concerns.

Each one determined to meet Barber getting over any fears they may have had due to last year's massive shooting.

Congressman Barber said there were some security concerns.

He wouldn't go into detail as to what measures were taken to protect himself and his constituents, but he said his team made sure to speak to Tucson police to make sure the event would be safe.


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