Congress Increases Security Following Arizona Shooting

Monday, January 10, 2011

Members of Congress are increasing their vigilance at public gatherings following the shooting in Arizona on Saturday. Six people were killed and Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords is in critical condition, after a man opened fire in front of a supermarket in Tucson.

Long Island Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy said she was contacted by the Capitol Police. "I can't speak for other parts of the country, but they certainly notified me on Saturday about offering us special protection if I felt I needed it," she said.

McCarthy made her comments on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show on Monday. The congresswoman is also planning to introduce gun control legislation this week, addressing the so-called "high capacity clips" that allow guns to fire rapidly."

Police have arrested and charged Jared Loughner, 22. As The Associated Press reports, authorities describe him as "mentally unstable."

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