US politics must change after Arizona gun attack: Bill Clinton
Port-au-Prince: Former US president Bill Clinton has said that the political climate in the United States must change in the wake of the shooting of a US Congresswoman and others in Arizona.
"No one intends to do anything that encourages this sort of behaviour, but political rhetoric falls on the unhinged and the hinged alike," Clinton told the BBC in an interview.
Speaking on a trip to Haiti, Clinton said: "We cannot be unaware of the fact that - particularly with the Internet - there`s this huge echo chamber out there."
He called on the US House of Representatives to "lead the way" in toning down the discourse.
"This is an occasion for us to reaffirm that our political differences shouldn’t degenerate into demonisation, in the sense that if you don’t agree with me you’re not a good American," he said.
"I`m hoping there will be a lot of good debates that go beyond turning this into politics... about how and why it happened and what else we can do to minimise those things."
Meanwhile, a Mass was held for the victims of Saturday’s gun attack at the Saint Odilia Catholic Church.
The diocese named the service a "Mass of healing for our community".
Tucson Bishop Gerald Kicanas is presiding over the event at the church, which sits several blocks from the site of the shooting.
The White House has announced that President Barack Obama will attend a memorial service on Wednesday evening at a basketball arena in Arizona.
He will address the crowd, and the service will include a Native American blessing, a moment of silence and a poetry reading.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Ajinkya Rahane to captain India on Zimbabwe tour; Dhoni, Kohli rested
- Kejriwal knew Tomar possessed fake degree, says Yogendra Yadav
- Shiv Sena slams HC order banning erection of pandals on roads
- Top leader of NSCN(K) arrested for Manipur attacks by NIA
- Vijender Singh turns professional boxer, to miss 2016 Rio Olympics
- India vs Zimbabwe: Ajinkya Rahane to lead; MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli rested
- Tihar Jail's security breached: Lt Governor Najeeb Jung orders probe, Centre seeks report
- Chinese military research academy praises India's main battle tank Arjun, says it's 'very good'
- Gangster Abu Salem ready to tie the knot with girl seeking to marry him
- Vijender Singh brings down curtains on India career, turns professional