Tucson rampage spurs talk of greater Hill security
Published: January 11, 2011 at 8:34 am
The Senate’s sergeant-at-arms says he’s against members of Congress arming themselves to increase their safety in the wake of the shooting rampage in Arizona.
Terrance Gainer tells ABC’s “Good Morning America” that “I don’t think it’s a good idea.”
Several ideas have been discussed for increasing security in the wake of Saturday’s shooting spree in Tucson that left Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona gravely wounded.
Gainer says threats to members of the Senate increased over the past year — to 49. But he said he considers the number small given all the interactions that lawmakers have with constituents. Asked about public officials arming themselves, Gainer says, “I don’t think introducing more guns into the situation is going to be helpful.”
A security briefing for lawmakers is scheduled for Wednesday.
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