JACKSON -- Friday marked U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg's first town hall-style meeting here since taking office earlier this month.
It was also his first since Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, was shot in the head at a similar event -- a shooting that left six others dead. And Walberg says he won't be shy about security.
"I think primarily it was to give a sense of security to the people that were attending, and others that will hear about this town hall -- that they can trust the fact that we've done our due diligence," the Republican lawmaker told News 10 Friday.
As Walberg laid out his agenda in Washington to a packed crowd at Jackson City Hall, two security officials -- one from Jackson Police, the other from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office -- lurked at the exits, hoping to ensure that residents and Walberg himself were safe.
And yet otherwise, this event functioned like any other town hall meeting, with folks taking to the microphone, heaping both praise and complaints on their new representative.
At the meeting's conclusion, participants were invited to stand right alongside Walberg -- just the way democracy was intended.
"Evil will not triumph," the freshman lawmaker said. "And I think Gabby, knowing Gabby -- I believe she'd say the same thing now."
Walberg held a second town hall-style meeting Friday in Battle Creek, and he said security would be tight there, as well.