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The seemingly senseless tragedy in Tucson has political leaders across the country and here in Virginia wondering what it could mean for them.

By in large, the Commonwealth’s elected officials seemed convinced that creating more security and increased layers of protection will not solve the problem.  While each had a different way of describing their feelings, the general consensus is that the solution is for society to tone down the rhetoric and return to a time when political discourse was more civil and less heated.

Sound easy? Probably not. But that won’t stop many of them from starting a more “gentle” conversation that starts on the top and works its way down.

Here is my report from NBC12 from Monday night at 11pm:

Washington, D.C. (WWBT) –  The ripple effect of the shootings in Tucson can be felt all the way to Washington, D.C. All business is on hold in the Nation’s Capitol, with no clear time line as to when it may resume.

Members of Congress are trying to find a way to negotiate a difficult balancing act. How can they guarantee their safety, without compromising a citizen’s right to meet and share their concerns with the people who represent them?

The risks that public officials face every day, is something senate sergeant at arms Terrence Gainer always has at the top of his mind.

“We average about 5 (threats) a week,” said Gainer.  “Last year I think we had 49 very credible threats. the year before that it was 29.”

But it is rare for credible threats to turn into horrible massacres.

“It was basic democracy,” said Senator Mark Warner. “meeting with the folks who hired us.”

..read and see the full story by going to NBC12.com.

See an extended clip of Mark Warner’s remarks below:

Written by Ryan Nobles

January 10, 2011 at 11:56 pm

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