I'm a Member of Congress and I'm Going to Start Carrying a Gun

Last Wednesday morning turned tragic when a gunman opened fire at a practice in Alexandria, Va., for the annual congressional charity baseball event. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., two U.S. Capitol Police special agents, one staff member and one former staff member were wounded in a despicable attack that sent other members of Congress running for cover. We'll continue debating what caused a deranged individual to commit this horrible act, but the sad fact is that whether it is by bomb, vehicle, knife or gun, America, and the world, are witnessing horrific carnage.Here's what's not up for debate: From now on, I'll be exercising my Second Amendment right to carry a firearm as I travel my district.Like the shooting six years ago that wounded former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, for members of Congress, including me, Wednesday hit particularly close to home. Not only because of reports that the shooter was politically motivated, but because of the way members of Congress conduct ourselves here in Washington and in our home communities.  Continue reading...

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