State Representatives Still Feel Safe Despite Arizona Shooting

By: Jennifer Weaver Email
By: Jennifer Weaver Email

Michigan's Capitol was in full swing just days after a shooting in Arizona left a congresswoman in critical condition.

But tragedy in the Grand Canyon State did not make some of Michigan's state representatives fearful.

"I don't believe I worry about my safety any more than the average citizen worries about their safety," said Rep. Barb Byrum of the 67th District.

Byrum holds regular meetings with voters at a local coffee shop.

Rep. Deb Shaughnessy of the 71st District believes security measures put in place after Sept. 11 are safe enough to prevent worry.

"You used to be able to walk into anyone's office but now you have to check-in on the first floor with the seargant," Shaughnessy said.

Gov. Rick Snyder said incidents like the shooting in Arizona can be hard to predict but he feels our capitol is safe under the direction of Michigan State Police.

"They've got an outstanding track record on giving advice on the protection of public buildings and public officials and I really rely on their guidance with matters like this," Snyder said.

Matters like this also remind officials of the joys and risks of the jobs they fill.

"When they take these positions they realize there is a certain amount of risk involved in it," Shaughnessy said, "Certinaly to me it is worth the risk to have the honor and privelige to serve the people."

Shaughnessy is expected to be sworn in on Wednesday.

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