Boehner: Giffords Shooting Couldn’t Have Been Prevented


giffordsHouse Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said today that members of Congress would have to take steps to ensure their security, but warned it would be difficult to stop the kind of assassination attempt against┬áRep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” Boehner said that even if a protective detail had been present, it could not have prevented the attack on Giffords.

“Every member will take steps to ensure their security,” Boehner said, “but I think it’s also fair to say that even if there had been a protective detail there, we don’t think it would have stopped this particular incident from occurring.”

Boehner noted that the 535 members of Congress were in public every day of the year, meeting with constituents – something, he said, that opened them to risk.

“We have a very open society in America, and there is risk with this job,” he said.