As a result of a deranged gunman’s deadly shooting that critically wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Arizona Democrat, and killed six others including: her aide, a federal judge, and a nine-year old girl in Tucson, President Barack Obama called for and led a moment of silence at 11 a.m. on Monday.
This appears to be the first moment of silence for a national tragedy called for by the President himself since he took office. Calls to the the White House Office of Public Engagement to confirm this since late last night were not returned as of this posting.
A moment of silence was called for by Defense Secretary Robert Gates to honor the 13 killed and 30 wounded at the Fort Hood Military Base in 2009. However, the moment of silence remained limited to the Department of Defense.