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Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 01/10/2011

Heath Shuler said he'll carry gun, increase security after Giffords shooting

By Cindy Boren

In the wake of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Heath Shuler, the former Redskins quarterback and a Democratic representative from North Carolina, said he intends to arm himself more frequently.

Shuler received a death threat in 2009, according to Politico, and plans to increase security at events in his district. He said he's encouraging his staff members to apply for carry permits. He does not intend to carry the gun in the District of Columbia.

"You never think something like this will happen, but then it does," Shuler said. "After the elections, I let my guard down. Now I know I need to have [my gun] on me. We're going to need to do a much better job of with security at these events."

Shuler isn't alone among members of Congress; Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) told Politico he intends to be armed when visiting his district.

By Cindy Boren  | January 10, 2011; 11:29 AM ET
 
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Most citizens are not qualified to "shoot to kill" as law enforcement officers are. Imagine the carnage if private citizens - such as Shuler - start shooting in a crowded place. If everyone who was at the event had a gun and started shooting how many more would be dead.

Posted by: rlj1 | January 10, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

That could really be dangerous..I mean watching him as the Skins QB..his aim isn't very accurate.

Posted by: mmcghee701 | January 10, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I don't like to laugh about gun violence, but mmcghee701, that is HILARIOUS.

Posted by: drischord | January 10, 2011 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I don't want to make light of the tragedy (either the one in Arizona or the one when the Skins drafted the guy), but I agree that we can all guess the results of relying on Schuler in a shoot out.

Posted by: dcsween | January 10, 2011 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Darn, you guys beat me to it. I was going to state that I wished he had a "gun" when he was under center for the Skins!!

Posted by: byronchafin | January 10, 2011 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I have seen Schuler's aim. Let's just say that he isn't going to hit what he is aiming for.

Posted by: flounder2 | January 10, 2011 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Unsure about Heath's shooting ability but when he was the quarterback for my beloved Washington Redskins, "HE COULDN'T HIT WATER IF HE FELL OUT OF A BOAT !!!"

Posted by: killer69 | January 10, 2011 2:19 PM | Report abuse

The anti-2nd Amendment crowd will hate this, but good for Shuler!

Posted by: Barno1 | January 10, 2011 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Btw, how long til Feinstein writes a column blasting Shuler? I say 48 hours.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 10, 2011 2:34 PM | Report abuse

When Obama and his fellow liberals leave in 2012, the political comment will improve over night. Obama is the most divisive, arrogant President we have had the misfortune of being stuck with.

Posted by: nomobarry | January 10, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

RFLOL - The comments regarding Shuler's accuracy are hilarious and I needed a good laugh.

Prayers for the injured and their families and condolences to the families who lost a loved one.

Posted by: rlj1 | January 10, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

The story says he doesn't intend to carry a gun while in the district? After what he did to us here wouldn't you think that would be where he is in the most danger?

Posted by: dbrine1261 | January 10, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse

That could really be dangerous..I mean watching him as the Skins QB..his aim isn't very accurate.

Posted by: mmcghee701


All I can say is duck!!! Is there such a thing as shooting an interception? If there is then count on Heath to do it.

Posted by: ged0386 | January 10, 2011 4:05 PM | Report abuse

When Obama and his fellow liberals leave in 2012, the political comment will improve over night. Obama is the most divisive, arrogant President we have had the misfortune of being stuck with.

Posted by: nomobarry |


Obama is not the divisive one, its hie opponents like you who are divisive. If you are going to be an Obamahater at least be man about it and admit that your anger against him is that of your own making. Bush started a war that sent love ones of american families in harms way. Obama passed a healthcare law. Now which one is the divisive one? Please stop judging everyone based on if they have a R or D by their name. There is more to people than just that even if thats all you are about. You dislike Obama because he has the audacity to be president as a minority democrat. You know it and so do the rest of us. He has done nothing to you. You hate him because he is black and represents the liberal party. Thats your divisiveness, not his.

Posted by: ged0386 | January 10, 2011 4:10 PM | Report abuse

nomobarry

But you are right, when we no longer have a black democrat as president all will be well with the angry white male voters who hated him. They can then put down their guns at town hall meetings and in federal parks and stop plotting to kill politicians because they feel they have lost their country just because a white male republican is not the president of the united states. I can only imagine how crazy you will be when a democrat women wins the white house.

Posted by: ged0386 | January 10, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I just wish he had a gun (of an arm) when he was our QB.

Posted by: jgarrisn | January 10, 2011 4:32 PM | Report abuse

That dude is a congressman? Who's his back-up?

Posted by: mcsobran | January 10, 2011 4:47 PM | Report abuse

That dude is a congressman? Who's his back-up?

Posted by: mcsobran | January 10, 2011 4:47 PM


Gus Frerotte?

Posted by: TimDz | January 10, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Excellent post ged0386.

Posted by: thedude1974 | January 10, 2011 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I liked Shuler until he made this comment. Sure Heath, when a lunatic walks up behind you and fires a bullet at your head your concealed weapon will do you a lot of good. Good strategy. And to think we elected you to Congress.

How about a better strategy than gunfights at the O.K. corral? How about gun laws that keep guns out of the hands a lunatics?

Posted by: citizen4truth1 | January 10, 2011 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Most citizens are not qualified to "shoot to kill" as law enforcement officers are. Imagine the carnage if private citizens - such as Shuler - start shooting in a crowded place. If everyone who was at the event had a gun and started shooting how many more would be dead.

Posted by: rlj1 | January 10, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse
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Maybe most citizens are not qualified to make an arrest, but when some nut goes on a rampage, just how much training to you need to discern what must be done?

If everyone at the event had a gun, like you propose in your scenario, I doubt it'd be chaotic like an Old West drunken barroom brawl with everyone taking a shot at everyone else. I think the shooter would have been taken down faster.

You must learn to have faith in individuals. Not everyone who is not a police officer is a frickin idiot. People can think, act, and make good decisions.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | January 10, 2011 10:16 PM | Report abuse

I liked Shuler until he made this comment. Sure Heath, when a lunatic walks up behind you and fires a bullet at your head your concealed weapon will do you a lot of good. Good strategy. And to think we elected you to Congress.

How about a better strategy than gunfights at the O.K. corral? How about gun laws that keep guns out of the hands a lunatics?

Posted by: citizen4truth1 | January 10, 2011 8:09 PM | Report abuse
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Because those laws also keep guns out of the hands of patriots, which really, I think is the intention of the federal government; to disarm America and to force America to comply with unconstitutional laws.

Sure, with guns around, on occasion a nut is going to go on the rampage. But without guns, the federal government can do ANYTHING it wants, and will eventually do ANYTHING it wants.

Guns are the teeth of liberty. If anything, I'd propose scrapping all federal gun control which prohibits persons, and turning this authority back over the to individual states. New York has different views on firearms ownership and both states should have the laws their peoples desire.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | January 10, 2011 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone surprised that Shuler wants to walk around with a gun? What's sad is that he actually sits in Congress with these ideas. This country has a boatload of problems and all he can think to do is plat cowboy. Heath, leave the gun toting to law enforcement professionals.

Posted by: JAMNEW | January 11, 2011 12:37 PM | Report abuse

RealTexan, I've got no problem with anyone and everyone walking around with a musket or even the types of pistols that existed at the time our country was founded (you'd be lucky to get one shot off) but there is no way anyone needs a semiautomatic weapon of any kind. These weapons are not the teeth of liberty, as you say. They are just mass killing machines and need to be banned completely

Posted by: billatw1 | January 11, 2011 12:55 PM | Report abuse

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