January 10, 2011 by admncc
I am still in complete shock over the shooting that occurred in Tuscon over the weekend. As you know, 20 people were shot in what is being called the attempted assassination of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords. The shooting took place at a town hall style event Giffords was holding with her constituents at a grocery store. The alleged shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, fired 33 shots. He was tackled when he tried to reload his gun.
This entire incident makes me sick on so many levels. It breaks my heart to think about the six people who were killed – including a Federal Judge, one of the Congresswoman’s aides, an elderly man who shielded his wife from the gunfire and a nine-year-old girl who was invited to the event by her neighbor (she had recently been elected to a position in her class government). Representative Giffords, as of the writing of this, is still in critical condition – she suffered a gun shot to the head (one of her interns is being credited with saving her life using skills he learned as a nursing assistant). Police have said there was evidence at the suspect’s home which confirmed that the attack was premeditated.
Working in risk management, I have lobbied countless times with local, state and federal officials. And I’ve always felt that those elected individuals were accessible and willing to meet with constituents. But I believe that will change in light of what happened. And maybe rightfully so! Being in politics is a tough business – you can’t please everyone. And it’s scary to think that there are others out there like Jared Lee Loughner. Did you know that only the high ranking House and Senate leaders are provided with Capital Hill police security? Thus, most travel with no security. I think that’s a problem and I’m hoping that changes too. We need to keep our elected officials safe, while still allowing them to do their jobs.
My hat is off the man and woman who tackled the suspect and stopped the shooting. My heart goes out to the families of the wounded and killed. And although some people will argue that this is a reason for more gun control, I would instead argue that a closer look needs to be given to improving the safety and security measures of our elected officials.
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