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January 12th, 2011
09:34 AM ET

Representative Jason Chaffetz will carry a gun

In the wake of Saturday's fatal shooting in Arizona, which specifically targeted Representative Gabrielle Giffords, Congress is talking about ways in which it can secure its members' safety going forward.

Representative Jason Chaffetz (R) of Utah says he plans to take his security into his own hands by carrying a concealed weapon, as he has done in the past. Rep. Chaffetz has possessed a conceal and carry permit since before his election to office in 2008. While some elected and government officials share Rep. Chaffetz's sentiments about personal security, there are also those who disagree with his approach. Rep. Chaffetz tells CNN's T.J. Holmes how concerned he is about his own safety.

Filed under: Capitol Hill • Gun rights
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. tony in nc

    Again, people follow our Government's lead. I guess we had better practice our fast draw. The American people already completely distrust our Government and now they want to arm themselves.

    January 14, 2011 at 7:31 am |
  2. Parrot dad

    Carrying a gun will only offer some protection if you see them pull theirs first and your name is Doc Holiday.

    January 13, 2011 at 9:44 am |
  3. Charles

    From all I've heard about this dreadful incident, Ms. Giffords' best defense would have been to simply duck and take cover. She being armed (or had Chaffetz been in her position and armed) would not have prevented her being shot in the head. Obviously, she didn't see it coming or she would have at least ducked, a natural reaction an =d one that takes MUCH less time than recognizing a critical threat, determining the need to take up arms, reaching for the gun, controlling it, removing the safety, aiming, then, finally, firing with the confidence that your bullet will only strike the assailant among a sea of frenzied people. There may be some instances in which being armed may help fend off an assailant, but if some quack wants you dead, it's highly unlikely you'll see it coming – sad but true.

    January 12, 2011 at 2:39 pm |