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January 12th, 2011
07:45 AM ET

Senate security official: 'Putting more guns in the mix is not the answer'

Congress members are meeting this morning to review safety procedures on Capitol Hill after tragic events of this past weekend in Tucson, Arizona led to the death of 4 people and left 14 injured, including United States Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

T.J. Holmes interviewed Representatives Ted Poe and Debbie Wasserman Schultz earlier this week about how and if they planned to change their public schedules in the future. Both said they would not and agreed that their primary responsibility is to their constituents no matter what. But then the question still remains, how do you keep our congress members safe?

Today T.J. talks with the Sgt. Terrance W. Gainer, the Sergeant at Arms in the US Senate and responsible for the safety of United States congress members. Although many security options are on the table, Gainer tells T.J, "Putting more guns in the mix is not the answer."

Filed under: Capitol Hill • Gun rights • Politics
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. someothername

    Herre's the thing:
    Texas homeowners defend themselves more and more.
    The Sheriff in San Antonio last week about a dead home invader
    "They should think before breaking in "This might be the last house I'll break into"

    Severity of punishment is not a deterrent, a high risk of suffering consequences is. Who runs red lights when they see the police car there?

    More guns concealed by more people creates a riskier situation for criminals. So if it's a day they "feel lucky" they might be, or maybe not so much.

    More guns = less crime.
    Even if it didn't, it levels the playing field.a bit.

    You want us to play baseball and let the other team use bats, but we can't? Why should they get all the good equipment?

    January 12, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
  2. Vernon Cole

    Isn't it strange that events like this past weekend happen every day along the border states putting the live of American Citizens in danger. Congress thinks nothing of it, but once something happens to a member of Congress in one of these daily incidences they want to swing into action to protect themselves. How about them getting off of their fat butts and start protecting the American people and our borders foir a change.

    January 12, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
  3. Don Lohrey

    I am amused by the call by some in Congress to have additional protection provided to them when they return home. It is similar to the calls by some in Congress to have the Health Care law repealed, since they, of course, have the best health care benefit package in the Country. They legislate the laws and atmosphere under which the common citizen must live, but are hesitant to live under those same circumstances. The common citizen must live with the fear associated with the abundance of guns on our streets but our Congressmen are reluctant to do the same. Provide that extra protection to our Congressmen as soon as that same protection can be provided to the convenience store clerk working the evening shift in the inner city.

    January 12, 2011 at 9:42 am |