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Gabrielle Giffords' shooting leads some lawmakers to say they'll carry weapons to protect themselves
The New York Daily News ^ | January 9, 2011 | James Gordon Meek

Posted on 01/09/2011 8:12:09 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Two lawmakers said Sunday they'll pack heat back home after the deadly attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

The decision by Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) raises new questions about whether lawmakers should carry guns for self defense - or need to.

"After the elections, I let my guard down," Shuler, an ex-NFL player, told Politico. "Now I know I need to have [my gun] on me."

Shuler and Chaffetz won't be the first lawmakers to be strapped.

The U.S. Marshals Service can deputize a member of Congress as a special deputy marshal if a threat assessment shows they are in danger, a federal law enforcement official said.

Carrying a special deputy badge allows the bearer to carry a concealed handgun anywhere, including inside a federal building like the U.S. Capitol.

Those who are so deputized aren't publicized, but Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has said he was granted deputy status after receiving death threats in the 1990s.

Most members prefer to accept protection from plainclothes U.S. Capitol Police - a perk of power typically reserved only for top congressional leaders.

During last year's health care debate, the Capitol Police temporarily assigned bodyguards to several lawmakers after they were threatened.

Plans for a massive underground security screening center were already underway when crazed gunman Russell Weston shot his way into the Capitol on July 24, 1998, killing Officers Jacob Chestnut and John Gibson, who was House Leader Tom DeLay's bodyguard. Gibson heroically stopped the insane killer by wounding him.

The Capitol Visitors Center turned into a nearly $1 billion subterranean catacomb after the 9/11 attacks targeted the Capitol.

Yet lawmakers still walk out in the open between the Capitol and House and Senate office buildings.

(AUDIO OF 911 CALL AT LINK)


TOPICS: Parties; State and Local; U.S. Congress; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: animalfarm; arizona; banglist; congress; democrats; giffords; loughner; senate
Yet many states and cities won't allow a regular citizen to protect themselves.
1 posted on 01/09/2011 8:12:12 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If more Citizens were packing heat Jared wouldn’t have gotten off more than a couple of shots!


2 posted on 01/09/2011 8:17:16 PM PST by WellyP
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“After the elections, I let my guard down,” Shuler, an ex-NFL player, told Politico. “Now I know I need to have [my gun] on me.”

HYPOCRITE!Who made you special?

3 posted on 01/09/2011 8:18:07 PM PST by taxtruth (Don't end the fed,jail the fed!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh of course.

Someone shoots them, it’s a crisis.

Muslim invaders kill us and it’s “racist” to want to protect ourselves.

How typical of the Ruling Elite.


4 posted on 01/09/2011 8:18:20 PM PST by Tzimisce (It's just another day in Obamaland.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The U.S. Marshals Service can deputize a member of Congress as a special deputy marshal if a threat assessment shows they are in danger, a federal law enforcement official said.

Some animals are more equal than others.

5 posted on 01/09/2011 8:19:00 PM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I would not even serve as dogcatcher in this country without packing. Of course they should be armed. Citizens too.


6 posted on 01/09/2011 8:20:17 PM PST by FlyingEagle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Gabrielle Giffords’ shooting leads some lawmakers to say they’ll carry weapons to protect themselves
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...and Nancy Pelosi will commence shooting at all who mention the constitution in their questions to her.


7 posted on 01/09/2011 8:21:01 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If Heath Shuler knew how to protect himself, he wouldn’t have been sacked so many times.


8 posted on 01/09/2011 8:22:16 PM PST by Question Liberal Authority (Worst. Post-Racial. And Post-Partisan. Agent Of Hope And Change. EVER.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Giffords was ambushed from behind. If she was armed it wouldn’t have helped.


9 posted on 01/09/2011 8:22:38 PM PST by Moonman62 (Half of all Americans are above average. Politicians come from the other half.)
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To: Tzimisce

BINGO!


10 posted on 01/09/2011 8:23:46 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Please donate to FreeRepublic, sanity in a world gone mad!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I can't wait for the first case of a Congressman shooting to death a constituent who opposed a position, because the Congressman felt "threatened."

It will become worse than panicky policemen shooting Fido because he barked.

-PJ

11 posted on 01/09/2011 8:24:55 PM PST by Political Junkie Too ("Comprehensive" reform bills only end up as incomprehensible messes.)
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12 posted on 01/09/2011 8:28:19 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Please donate to FreeRepublic, sanity in a world gone mad!)
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To: Political Junkie Too

13 posted on 01/09/2011 8:28:35 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Please donate to FreeRepublic, sanity in a world gone mad!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Carrying a special deputy badge allows the bearer to carry a concealed handgun anywhere, including inside a federal building like the U.S. Capitol.

There is nothing special about these people at all unless your life is of less value.What boat of privilege did these people get off of?

14 posted on 01/09/2011 8:28:35 PM PST by taxtruth (Don't end the fed,jail the fed!)
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To: WellyP

“If more Citizens were packing heat Jared wouldn’t have gotten off more than a couple of shots!”

Yes, it’s tragic no one took him out quickly.


15 posted on 01/09/2011 8:34:58 PM PST by devere
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To: Moonman62
If she was armed it wouldn’t have helped.

But she was surrounded by a crowd of other democrats, so nobody else there had a gun either.

16 posted on 01/09/2011 8:39:13 PM PST by digger48
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To: marktwain; neverdem

Ping.


17 posted on 01/09/2011 8:40:55 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

One standard for the elite, another for us lowly peons.


18 posted on 01/09/2011 8:46:51 PM PST by DangerZone
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To: DangerZone

One standard for the elite, another for us lowly peons.” _____________________________________________________________

Of course it’s always the armed elite employed with body guards who take your gun, or push for a taking.


19 posted on 01/09/2011 8:49:41 PM PST by RitaOK
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

2nd Ammendment for me! Not for thee!
(They are the real important people you know, the rest of us are peeons)


20 posted on 01/09/2011 8:50:31 PM PST by vpintheak (Democrats: Robbing humans of their dignity 1 law at a time)
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To: taxtruth

His constituents apparently.


21 posted on 01/09/2011 8:52:15 PM PST by DangerZone
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Reasonable response however it wouldn’t have saved Gifford or those around her due to the element of surprise.


22 posted on 01/09/2011 8:54:38 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

and what about Joe Citizen??? Are we supposed to be vulnerable to those who carry guns?


23 posted on 01/09/2011 9:13:17 PM PST by cubreporter (Rush Limbaugh...Man of all the years. Trust Rush he stands for America.)
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To: FlyingEagle
Doesn't the 2nd amendment debar them from carrying weapons?

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

* A well regulated Militia,
George Mason: "Who are the militia? They consist of the whole people, except a few public officers."

* being necessary to the security of a free State,
Patrick Henry: "Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined... The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun."

* the right of the people to keep and bear Arms,
Samuel Adams: "The Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms."

* shall not be infringed.
Thomas Jefferson: "No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."


24 posted on 01/09/2011 9:40:38 PM PST by definitelynotaliberal
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I'm all for gun rights but the thought of an Alan Grayson type (yeah I know he's gone) on the floor of the house with a weapon kind of scares me.
25 posted on 01/09/2011 9:58:47 PM PST by MacMattico
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To: Political Junkie Too

And it would be some left wing congressman who refused to get proper gun training that would do something like that.


26 posted on 01/09/2011 10:02:21 PM PST by MacMattico
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Have Gun,
Will Gavel


27 posted on 01/09/2011 10:24:03 PM PST by bunkerhill7
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