Congress overreacting?

Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 1:47pm

In the wake of the attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, some in congress are worried about security.

And the proposals are interesting.

The first two recommendations come from Republicans and range from the wild to the unenforceable.

Though the shooting happened in Arizona, congress has been targeted 4 times in the last century.

In 1954, Puerto Rican nationalists shot up the house from the gallery area wounding five members of Congress.

In 1915 a German sympathizer set off a bomb in a reception room to protest World War I. And in 1971 and 1983, explosives were set off by protestors.

And now Republican Representative Peter King is proposing a new law. He wants a ban on carrying a gun within 1000 feet of a federal official.

Republican Dan Burton of Indiana wants a plexiglass barrier around the House gallery area where protestors have interrupted proceedings, the most recent when a so-called “birther” shouted out during the reading of the constitution.

Congressman Louie Gohmert worries that we are acting in haste.

The Sergeant at Arms, Terrance Gainer has advised everyone to cool down and leave security to the professionals.

Everything from gun restrictions to bodyguards have been discussed in the wake of the Griffiths tragedy, in addition to the usual finger-pointing from the left and right.

What the Arizona shooting does demonstrate is the near impossibility of protecting against a deranged, determined individual

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