Security to be revamped at town halls after GOP shooting


Hours after several people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), were shot by a Trump-hating gunman as they practiced for the annual congressional baseball game, Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) called for greater security to be implemented at congressional town halls.

“We’ve got to do a little bit better planning. Immediately it brings town halls to mind too,” Brat told CNN. “You’ve got 1,000 folks, people that want to give you their views as constituents, etc., but the security thing now is going to be ramped up to a new level. If it takes just one person that’s just off the rails on a certain day, it’s just not good.”

“Resistance” minded Democrats and paid operatives have caused Republican lawmakers to face a disruptive element in their town halls in recent months.

Scalise is undergoing surgery in a Washington hospital and is expected to survive his injuries. A staffer for Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas) and two Capitol Police officers were also wounded.

“It’s unfortunate,” said Brat of the need for greater security, “but that’s the world right now.”

Responding to the bipartisan support his party has received from Democratic colleagues after the shooting, Brat commented, “We all do get along well. And the Democrats were our brothers today. And everybody was shocked and concerned and we were just watching it unfold together.”

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