Possible Security Changes After Tragedy In Tuscon

7 years 6 months 4 days ago Tuesday, January 11 2011 Jan 11, 2011 Tuesday, January 11, 2011 4:10:54 AM CST January 11, 2011 in News

COLUMBIA - Republican U.S. Representative Blaine Leutkemeyer says he "plans to review" his security when it comes to public speaking appearances and work at his office. Democratic U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill's office released a statement saying she will follow the guidance of "Missouri Law Enforcement officials, as well as the U.S. Capitol Police."

As far as Congressman Leutkemeyer is concerned,  what happens on the floor of Capitol Hill, stays on the floor.

"We have in this country two divergent political philosophies on the way that we want to govern ourselves, and as a result of this divergence, there is going to be some discussion," Leutkemeyer said.

But never, Leutkemeyer said, should that discussion lead to tragedy. In just a matter of days local lawmakers have been forced to rethink their own security.

From Senator McCaskill's office: "As a former prosecutor, Claire has relied on, and will continue to rely on, the guidance and recommendations of Missouri Law Enforcement officials, as well as the US Capitol police, as to security problems."

Congressman Leutkemeyer says he will be meeting with staff in all of his offices in the coming days to discuss possible changes.

In Jefferson City, the State Capitol does not have security scanners or police checking people entering the building.

"I go all over the state often by myself without security," said Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder.

Kinder says following this attack, he's not rethinking his personal security plan, but those in D.C. need to take note.

"I think more members of Congress and probably other public officials may want to have aids that are packing concealed carry permits and are packing a weapon," Kinder said.

Changes may be on the way, but right now both parties focus on Arizona.

"We're very concerned for her and her family," Leutkemeyer said.

Leutkemeyer called Representative Giffords the least controversial figure in Congress.

"She's a very pleasant and very sweet individual, probably somebody who would be the least thought out person to be attacked like this," Leutkemeyer said.

But it may be only this attack that can unite a divided Congress.

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