The shooting at a baseball field that critically wounded a Republican congressman and injured several others is forcing lawmakers to ask what more should be done to ensure the safety of themselves and their staff.
In this photo provided by Ken Branson/MasterMIND Productions, Capitol Police Officer David Bailey in Cary, N.C., August 6, 2016. Three others, including a Capitol Police officer, were also shot.
"The Capitol security guy, who had already been shot, who helped take down the shooter, came limping toward us in the outfield, totally ignoring his own wounds, to check on the person he was primarily responsible for, Steve Scalise", said Brooks, an Alabama Republican. "If somebody is coming after a member of Congress, you don't want to be anywhere nearby".
"There's usually a Capitol Police officer in a vehicle in a parking lot several hundred yards away but no one on near the field like the Scalise detail was", said Matt Dinkel, the spokesman for Rep. Mike Doyle, the Democratic team's coach.
The gunman, James T. Hodgkinson, was killed in a shootout with police.
The two agents were also previously on the security detail of former Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who spoke very highly of them after Wednesday's shooting.
"Only constitutional office holders are given (security) details", said Rep. Joseph Crowley of NY, the Democratic Caucus chairman. "We need to assess what the real risks are".
Trump says, "Steve is our friend, he's a patriot and he's a true fighter".
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Captain Howard said Virginia Capitol Police did not increase security after Wednesday's shooting, but they did monitor the situation closely.
The attack proved how vital - and encompassing - the Capitol Police can be.
"Many, many members have reported the same thing", said MacArthur, who was influential in moving a health overhaul bill through the House. Barth's injuries are not considered to be life-threatening, but Mika's are considered to be serious.
"That gives me some comfort", he said, of the local police presence.
Luckily, both of the fearless agents' injuries are non-life-threatening. "I think it's well worth it". Congress would have to approve a change in policy. According to senior House aides, the House Sergeant at Arms, Paul Irving, is discussing with the Federal Election Commission about providing new guidance giving members permission to shift some of their campaign funds for security if the threat is determined to be serious enough.
"There could have easily been 25 deaths today", Williams said.
Asked about carrying a gun, Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, said: "Sure, I mean I'm from Texas".
"When a neighbor is hurting or under attack, the American people come together with generosity, compassion and prayer, and we always will", Pence said. Kinnard reported from Columbia, South Carolina.
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