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Local elected officials weigh in on security after Arizona shootings

4 years ago January 10, 2011 Jan 10, 2011 Monday, January 10 2011 Monday, January 10, 2011 9:59:18 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ashley Rodrigue

BATON ROUGE - The deadly shootings in Arizona over the weekend, that were targeted at a congresswoman, are raising questions across the country about security for elected officials.

Louisiana leaders say there has to be a balance between being safe and being accessible, and answering to the people shouldn't be compromised in the mix.

Governor Bobby Jindal said, "They need to be able to meet them. They may not always agree with each other and they may have to answer tough questions but there's never any excuse for violence though, this shouldn't change the fact that our elected leaders continue to meet with and be held accountable by the voters."

U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu says she's never felt threatened at home, in town hall meetings, but, "You're always, I guess, mindful in large and small public crowds that these things could happen."

Some elected leaders suggest using U.S. Marshals for security in the nation's capitol and then local authorities pick it up in hometowns.

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