Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Shooting prompts lawmakers to push for stronger security

The Arizona shooting of a U.S. House member is prompting some lawmakers to push for stronger airport security for members of Congress as well as an increased security presence at home district events. However, many caution that security should not interfere with lawmakers' ability to communicate and interact with their constituents. The shooting has also spurred Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., to reintroduce legislation that would create a clear, bullet- and bomb-proof shield around the House of Representatives gallery. The Hill (1/11)
This seems to miss the whole point.

The congresswoman was not at an airport or at Capitol Hill when she was shot. She was at a grocery store or a mall.

Does anyone think making airports or Capitol Hill safer would have prevented this trajedy? I don't think so.

Here's an idea. How about we keep a closer tab on people who seem troubled? Trouble is, the shooter would have been institutionalized before the 1960's. Now he has "rights." No one can do anything about that. One cannot even make him take any meds that might alleviate any psychiatric issues!

The positive side to this story is that this congressman isn't blaming the TEA Party, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, et. al. for this trajedy.

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