There were about 30 emails on my office computer this morning. About the Tuscon shooting. And safety. Although Congress wasn't in session today, there was a gathering on the east front for a moment of silence for the Arizona victims.
The Sergent at Arms and the Capitol Police sent information on personal safety that included how to avoid a terrorist roadblock while driving, how to avoid being boxed in while driving, and how to alert the police if someone acting abnormally comes into your office. In addition to safety briefings, we were given hoods to be worn in case of chemical, biological, or nuclear attacks. We received two one-way alert radios connected directly to the Capitol Police. And two shelter-in-place packs the size of large carry-on bags.
Where do you draw the line between accessibility and safety? Where do we set the gauges on any spectrum? And whom do we trust?
Salmaan Taseer couldn't even trust his own guard.
6 days ago