Jan 10, 2011 11:49 PM by Jim Hummel
The attempted assassination of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords has raised security concerns among lawmakers across the country. The Arizona Democrat was shot in the head over the weekend while meeting with constituents outside of a supermarket in Tucson. The public event was very similar to events attended everyday by politicians who are now trying to strike a balance between security and accessibility.
"That's something that I've worked very hard at and that's not going to change," said U.S. Senator David Vitter, R-Louisiana. "But certainly we're taking stock of reasonable precautions and security that won't get in the way of that sort of communication."
The local delegation recognizes the importance of staying connected with constituents and those contacted by KATC have no plans to scale back public appearances.
"It's not going to make me backtrack at all, I'm looking forward to many meetings coming up that are public," said U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana. "But you're always, I guess mindful in large and small public crowds that these things could happen."
A nightmare that played out in Tucson and has the Acadiana delegation united in a call to stay vigilante.
"I've got a family to be concerned about and my staff and I'm going to make sure that we take whatever appropriate steps are necessary and what steps are recommended by security experts to ensure safety," said U.S. Representative Charles Boustany.