2 Reps. say they’ll now carry guns in their home districts.

In the wake of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords…

In the wake of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and 19 others in Arizona this weekend, Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Heath Shuler (D-NC) say that they will carry firearms when in their home districts.

“You never think something like this will happen, but then it does,” Shuler told Politico “After the elections, I let my guard down. Now I know I need to have [my gun] on me. We’re going to need to do a much better job of with security at these events.”

According to Politico, each lawmakers holds a conceal and carry permit, and Shuler is encouraging his staffers to get their own.

Chaffetz also suggested U.S. Marshalls should guard members during events.

“Perhaps they could better assess threats in the home district,” he said. “It certainly ought to be on the table.”

Source: Erich Lach for TPM.

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  • IF the “toxic” environment existed prior to this atrocity…WHY DID THE CHIEF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OF PIMA COUNTY ALLOW AN EVENT LIKE THIS TO OCCUR IN HIS JURISDICTION WITHOUT A WISP OF SECURITY PRECAUTIONS OR SCREENING….KNOWING AS HE CLAIMS THAT THE ENVIONMENT WAS RIPE FOR SUCH A CRIMINAL MASSACRE? IS NOT THE SHERIFF CULPABLE? HOW MANY LAYERS OF SECURITY MUST A CITIZEN PASS THROUGH FOR AN AIRPLANE RIDE?….IRONICALLY…ANYONE WHO COULD MOVE COULD BE WITHIN…INCHES OF 1 OF ONLY 535 MEMBERS OF THE US CONGRESS.

  • AngryWhiteMale

    Because they live in a different world than the one WE have to deal with.

  • Ft Hood Texas…Islamic Fascists kills unarmed soldiers…unarmed because the Federal Government and the Army forbid them from exercising the right to self defense on a Federal installation.

    Tucson…a US Congressperson…holds a public event with NO security during wartime and is attacked by a left wing lunatic. Innocent citizens carrying out their normal lives were wounded and murdered because an event like this was held in a public place…without any security considerations…WHY?