Should members of Congress be provided personal protection?
Let them carry......
Hell no. Citizens need protection from their dumbass congressman!
If not the lunacy on the left would be killing Republicans like crazy. All the Republicans practicing in DC would have been killed for sure.
In their own dime
Why would any member of Congress that actively utilizes the second amendment need additional personal protection?
Hell I say if they're anti gun control in any form or fashion then let them defend themselves, it's what they would want apparently.
But they should be free to have their own, just as every American should.
They should be vetted better and take intelligence tests
While I would like to agree with the idea of intelligence tests it undermines the democratic principles of our nation. The foundation of our government is that is controlled by ordinary people and any law abiding citizen that meets the other small requirements can serve. Intelligence test would be detrimental as who would control the tests and it would greatly limit the number of people who could run. And of that person is not fit for office and the people see that they will not let them in hopefully and if they somehow do get in office they can always lose reelection after the people see their performance. Intelligence tests in the form of literacy test were once used to prevent African Americans from voting and I believe if one party gains control of the tests then the same thing would happen to the opposing party running for office. I agree with your sentiment of having more qualified people in our government but the tests would undermine the foundation of our government
Not talking about taking a written test - just listen to their views and how they express themselves - it’s easy then to separate the dummies and dangerous from those who really want to serve vs fill their pockets
Yeah, they should get some protection.
They are under protection most of the time when they are in DC. The Speaker and other high ranking members do have protection.
Most don't need it when they are in their home markets.
They should at least get one guard
Why , none of them are worth protecting anymore than any other citizen. If you go into politics you know the risk, plus they are already rewarded better than any regular job .
I would take issue with the statement that they are awarded more than any other job.
Unless they are independently wealthy, most do not get paid enough to keep two functioning households. There is a GREAT health plan and a GREAT retirement plan though.
That said, they make less than many physicians and most attorneys.
Don't forget the perks from lobbyists, I have found over the years even the best intentioned congressman can't resist the corruption in D.C..
$174,000 a year is plenty to keep a functional household
Misread. I thought you said a functional household.
I have a friend who is a congressman. Before Mark was elected, I didn't realize that each congressman really has to have dual residences. They have to have a place to stay in DC and they have to keep a house in their home area.
If your home is in California, 174k is barely enough to keep a residence in Ca alone.
Rand Paul just got assaulted. But it was in his home so not sure protection would have helped
But overall, yeah
He was mowing his yard actually
If they were doing their jobs the way that they should be doing them, they would have a MUCH SMALLER percentage of the population mad at them. Let’s start with that.
No. Not providing personal protection means they’ll rely on the police just like the rest of us, ensuring those depts have the resources they need, as well as proper oversight.
Yes, if they're pro second amendment. If not, we should respect their beliefs and ensure that they're left completely exposed and unprotected.
Violent liberals are more of an issue, so Anti-gun Dems are safe anyways.
Trump inauguration, Bush Jr. inauguration, Regan attempted assignation, Antifa, BLM.
Oh how can I forget The KKK too.
How is that a dumb response? You don't need guns to protect yourself right? Or are you that much of a sucker for the elites?
Only at baseball practice
If they are under threats
Yes as long as they pay for it
No.. Conceal carry, will work!
Good idea, but insist they meet the same criteria as everyone else. If they are clearly nuttier than a fruit fly make that a consideration.
That would be a ton of money, no
Let them carry guns, but with the same restrictions about federal buildings as the rest of us. Then they’l see how much they deprived the American people of the right to carry a gun
No. They can buy there own or do it themselves like everyone else.
They can afford their own security and I hope the Republicans are now awake to the Communists and their civil war.
Only if they protect our 2nd Amendment!!!
They know what they signed up for.
If they are paranoid about protection, they should be deciding things differently.
That’s terrible logic. If the person did everything they thought was right it would still be opposed at every level by a person of the opposite party. Ideological differences shouldn’t scare people into voting differently to minimize threats that’s basically the antithesis of what democracy is supposed to be.
No matter what you decide, someone will be angry.
If they can figure out a way to get elected, they can figure out a way to protect themselves.
Don't certain members of congress have protection from the capital police? Like the Speaker, Senate Pro-T, Majority and Minority leaders...
Far to difficult to answer with a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’. But for the sake of answering I think yes, to a degree.
No, unless they hold a leadership position or a committee chair.
No, but we should increase their salaries to the $500k to $1M range, and then they'd have enough income to hire their own bodyguards.
I see some flaw in your logic.
No. They should be allowed to carry guns. There should be a Congressional Firing Range for practice and training.
But it can only be a gun in the style of an old western six shooter.
I wonder how long it will take for a bill vote to turn into a shootout.
Protection details sweep buildings for bombs, and assess vulnerabilities, and use armored vehicles etc. Having a single gun is handy, but certainly not actually a good form of protection for Congressional members if you were trying to prevent anything other than a stick up. They by the way would be restricted from having that gun anywhere in the District itself between the federal property and the city ordinances. Only a handful of them have protection details as it is, because most of them are simply not big enough targets on a day to day basis and are so far down the chain for line of succession.
Who'se paying for this firing range and why do they get one just for them?
If shoot that Mr. McConnell in that turtle ugly face of his
no way. he would duck into his shell before that happened
They can pack their own “heat”& protect themselves, like the rest of us now have to do !
In public spaces and large gatherings, yes. If they want more protection outside of that, they can pay for their own security.
Maybe if they didn't make millions that they could easily use to pay for it themselves
How do you think they make millions? Their salary is only $174k/yr. That's less than me.
You think that's their only source of income? Lol
No, and that was my point.