Gov. Jan Brewer said Monday that Arizona is grieving but united and determined after a shooting that left six people dead and 14 injured, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
"Arizona is in pain, yes. Our grief is profound," Brewer said. "We are yet in the first hours of our sorrow, but we have not been brought down. We will never be brought down," she said to a standing ovation from a joint session of the Legislature.
Brewer's brief State of the State address focused exclusively on the tragedy that occurred Saturday 100 miles south of the Capitol, in Tucson.
The Legislature opened its 2011 session earlier Monday amid tight security, with the House and Senate convening separately. Each held a moment of silence for the victims and their families.
Visitors were searched with hand-held metal detectors and their bags were inspected as they entered the House building. Dozens of police officers were deployed in and around the Capitol, with at least two officers stationed on the roof of the nearby Senate building. Several uniformed officers were in the House chamber itself.