Increased Security For Local Congressmen, Officials Following AZ Shooting

In wake of the shooting of a Congresswoman in Arizona and a shooting at a school board meeting in Florida, Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks says there is now increased security for local officials.

That security was evident Monday as Third District Republican Congressman Walter Jones made a stop at Farmville Middle School, while three Pitt County Sheriff's Deputies Stood guard.

Jones says he didn't feel the deputies were there for him, but the sheriff said they were. In fact, Neil Elks says deputies will be present for county commissioner and school board meetings and any other event where local dignitaries attend a public gathering.

Congressman Jones says when it comes to security, "I don't think much about it but obviously since the shooting Saturday, I think more about that I ever have. To a lesser degree, I do think about the fact we need to be out with the people, we're the people's house and we always advocate that and it's true, and I would think over the next two weeks, the Capitol police force will come out with some recommendations."

Jones says as far as the person who shot Congresswoman Giffords, "You got a sick person, you never know what inspired this sick person to kill these people in Arizona. it's just a terrible tragedy."


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  • by Response? on Jan 17, 2011 at 04:43 AM
    Obama Snake Oil, you stated "the guy was one of your who thought Gifford wasn't liberal enough." Talk about a Hypocrite, Byron Williams was "one of your guys" that worshiped Glenn Beck (same as you) and attempted to kill as many Americans as he could. He was stopped at the last minute by alert police, and subdued after a shoot-out with them. He wanted to start a Revolution because Glenn Beck wanted him to. Luck was on our side, no one was killed by this maniac, but there are thousands more just like him and you out there, just a time bomb waiting to explode. Stop the rhetoric NOW before more innocent Americans are hurt or killed! THIS IS SERIOUS! http://www.examiner.com/sf-in-san-francisco/did-glenn-beck-push-byron-williams-to-violence-jailhouse-interview-audio
  • by Ironic on Jan 15, 2011 at 04:34 PM
    Ooooops....lets take this down before the Main Stream Media picks up on it. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/13/rush-limbaughs-tucson-billboard_n_808563.html
  • by to anon@5:03 on Jan 15, 2011 at 04:08 PM
    What? no response from osoc about Byron Williams? I guess he is waiting to confirm it with Fox first. The most misinformed network their is. http://www.mediaite.com/tv/study-fox-news-viewers-most-misinformed-of-all-news-consumers/
  • by here we go again on Jan 14, 2011 at 04:31 PM
    Another deranged person planning to kill 40 people. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/14/vincent-mccrudden-death-threats_n_809356.html
  • by to anon@5:03 on Jan 14, 2011 at 04:22 PM
    Why haven't I heard anything about this Nut Job before now? OMG. He was definitely set on killing anyone and anything that got in his way. Why no national coverage on this story?
  • by Incredible Location: Everywhere on Jan 14, 2011 at 05:17 AM
    Elected officials are people just like everyone else,, they voice their opinions just like everyone else. They make mistakes just like everyone else. So what gives them the right to be protected and the rest of us have to defend ourselves; and god forbid if we have to defend ourselves then we go to jail and they are regarded as hero's.... No, i would not feel comfortable with Neil Elks protecting me in any circumstance.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 14, 2011 at 02:14 AM
    Mike, do you think criminals apply for a permit to own guns? NO the steal them form people like you. Guns are not dangerous, its the ones using them that are. One Arizona citizen was carring a gun when the shooting started, and almost shot the wrong man. Very Scary. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41018893/ns/slatecom/
  • by Anonymous on Jan 14, 2011 at 02:03 AM
    Obama Snake Oil, you stated "the guy was one of your who thought Gifford wasn't liberal enough." Talk about a Hypocrite, Byron Williams was "one of your guys" that worshiped Glenn Beck (same as you) and attempted to kill as many Americans as he could. He was stopped at the last minute by alert police, and subdued after a shoot-out with them. He wanted to start a Revolution because Glenn Beck wanted him to. Luck was on our side, no one was killed by this maniac, but there are thousands more just like him and you out there, just a time bomb waiting to explode. Stop the rhetoric NOW before more innocent Americans are hurt or killed! THIS IS SERIOUS. http://www.examiner.com/sf-in-san-francisco/did-glenn-beck-push-byron-williams-to-violence-jailhouse-interview-audio
  • by REM Location: ENC on Jan 12, 2011 at 06:40 AM
    @V: My insurance is ... having a stockpile of ammo :)
  • by V on Jan 11, 2011 at 04:39 PM
    I am glad my guns are insured right now not only by the NRA(the moneyI pay them) but by ME!
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