A Utah State University political science professor says he hopes the tragedy in Tucson, Arizona last week, where six people were killed and a congresswoman critically injured, was a once-in-a-century kind of event. Mike Lyons says there is not a lot congressional representatives can do to protect themselves when they meet informally with their local constituents. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show last week, Lyons says he is sure people will be looking for ways to protect these representatives.”Given how important it is to most voters that their representatives be willing to sit down and meet with them personally,” Lyons said, “and make public appearances, I don’t think things will change greatly.”But we may see some kind of institutionalized, Secret Service-type protection.”Some people believe that gun laws should be changed. In Utah, Republican Rep. Carl Wimmer says he plans to introduce a bill that would allow all residents who can legally have a gun carry and conceal it without a permit.Gun Violence Prevention Center Board member Stephen H. Gunn says the state should be going in the opposite direction.
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