Rep. Michael Grimm says that although freshman Members get ethics training, they dont get enough help in dealing with security threats.
Nugent says he’s also telling Members to stay in touch with local law enforcement officials in their districts, alerting them about when and where they plan to hold events. A police presence, he says, can be a deterrent and a comfort.
Such steps also protect Members’ staffers and constituents, they say. After all, although Giffords was the Arizona shooter’s target, she wasn’t his only victim. Her aide, Gabe Zimmerman, died in the shooting, and her constituents were wounded and killed.
For many Members of Congress, those shots fired in Tucson were a jolting reminder of new risks that they face. But through more jaded eyes, the risks have always been there.
“There are brothers killing brothers and sons killing fathers,” Nugent says. “This kind of thing doesn’t surprise me, but it disappoints me.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.