Congressman Adam Smith of Washington state, who is a good friend of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, said that she was just a legislator doing her job and that all representatives simply have to take the risk when they go out to meet and greet the public.
There’s been a hue and cry about gun ownership. Guess what? The old saying that “If you take away the guns of good people, then only the criminals and the insane will have them,” is completely correct.
Let’s agree that 55 percent of the nation right now think that gun ownership and bearing arms is a constitutional right. When legislators such as Smith say that security is simply a risk, then we better take matters into our own hands. It’s a given that vitriol, bigotry, insane people, hot heads, guns, and the Old West mentality will continue to exist ad infinitum. So, is there any reason that we can’t require our national lawmakers to have airport type security at any of their open meetings with the public?
We apparently never learned from the assassinations of Abraham Lincoln, the Kennedy brothers and others when they were mingling with the public.
If we mandate that our politicians require high security, then all the rhetoric about the political discourse, gun control and Sarah Palin’s crosshairs will disappear and be moot.
We’ll be able to keep our precious elected officials and citizens safe and alive.