After The ALEXANDRIA ATTACK, Should Congressional Members Be Packing Heat?

Written by Kevin Fobbs on June 15, 2017

There is a terror on the loose in America and it is tearing at the very fabric of our national society and the leaders who represent us. As the sleepy bedroom community of Alexandria, Virginia awakened to the gunfire attack on GOP members of congress by a hate-filled socialist Senator Bernie Sander’s supporter, liberal hate rolled the dice of hate one more time.

Imagine the carnage that would have been spilled upon the baseball practice field that Wednesday morning if injured House Majority Whip Steve Scalise had not had his Capitol Hill protective police detail with him? It would have been a literal killing field. The nation’s leadership and their survival outside the confines of the Capitol Hill complex should not depend on whether or not a member of leadership will be in proximity with their protective detail.

The dead gunman, James T. Hodgkinson of Illinois was determined to turn the baseball diamond into a literal killing field and even moved to the area several months ago to possibly lie in wait to enact his murderous design. Congressmen and women should be, and in all reality, must be armed in order to prevent another attack. According to Hot Air, Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) announced that he plans to carry a gun with him from now on. Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) said Congress should consider expanding ways for lawmakers to defend themselves.

This issue of insuring more protection to congressional lawmakers is definitely bi-partisan. Even, Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the third-ranking House Democrat, who is typically hyper partisan, indicated that he wants to give Capitol Hill lawmakers more flexibility to secure their offices and homes.

Some members of the press in reaction to the attack have raised the idea that additional security protection should be provided to all members of congress. The coverage would possibly be two teams of Capitol Police covering one shift each. With 526 teams, the cost for protecting congressional members could run into the billions.

While it is not a matter of cost to protect congress outside of the Capitol, it may be a matter of where the funds will come from in terms of who will pay for it? Will their home states shoulder the cost or should it come out of the national budget?

Even if congress or the home states of the congressional members were to foot the bill for additional round the clock protection, there are some members who have expressed no interest in having this type of protection. The easiest and simplest remedy to dealing with a deranged maniac who is intent on assassinating America’s leaders is to arm them.

The one thing that can stop a bad guy intent on shooting is a good guy packing heat who can throw hot lead back at sickos like James T. Hodgkinson who have become mentally drunk on the liberal, verbally toxic venom.

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Kevin Fobbs
Kevin Fobbs has more than 35 years of wide-ranging experience as a community and tenant organizer, Legal Services outreach program director, public relations consultant, business executive, gubernatorial and presidential appointee, political advisor, widely published writer, and national lecturer. Kevin is co-chair and co-founder of AC-3 (American-Canadian Conservative Coalition) that focuses on issues on both sides of the border between the two countries.