New York‘s Rep. Chris Collins, a strong backer of President Trump, has announced to the public that after what happened in Virginia, where a crazed gunman attacked a group of republican lawmakers, he plans to carry a gun on him at all times.
Collins said that although it isn’t normal for him to carry his gun everywhere, the shooting of Majority Whip Steve Scalise forced Collins to change his mind.
Speaking to WKBW, Collins said: “You look at the vulnerability – I can assure you from this day forward, I have a carry permit, I will be carrying when I’m out and about.”
The Daily Mail reports:
‘On a rare occasion I’d have my gun in the glove box or something, but it’s going to be in my pocket from this day forward’.
He added: ‘It’s got all the punch you need.’
Collins – who represents New York’s 27th Congressional District which is on the border with Canada and contains parts of Buffalo and Rochester – also said he would be requesting an armed police officer at all events, including small ones.
Meanwhile Georgia Rep. Barry Loudermilk, who was present at the shooting, said if the attack had happened in his home state, the shooter ‘wouldn’t have gotten too far’.
‘I had a staff member who was in his car maybe 20 yards behind the shooter, who was pinned in his car, who back in Georgia carries a 9-millimeter in his car,’ Loudermilk said, according to The Washington Post.
The congressman went on to suggest that DC’s gun laws discourage representatives and their staff from carrying guns, adding that Congress should work on ‘some kind of reciprocity’ for those who have the right to carry in their home state.
In the hours after the attack, a picture began to emerge of a shooter with a mostly minor arrest record who worked as a home inspector and despised the Republican Party.
On Facebook, Hodgkinson was a member of a group called ‘Terminate the Republican Party,’ a fact that seemed to take on chilling new meaning in light of an account from South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan.