If the President gets protection against threats on his life, the same should go for elected officials and government appointees.
Washington (CNN) – Rep. Robert Brady, D-Pennsylvania, said he will introduce legislation making it a federal crime for a person to use language or symbols that could be perceived as threatening or inciting violence against a Member of Congress or federal official.
Brady’s decision to offer the legislation comes less than 24 hours after a gunman attempted to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, in a shooting that claimed the lives of a federal judge, and a nine year-old girl, among others.
“The president is a federal official,” Brady said in a telephone interview with CNN. “You can’t do it to him; you should not be able to do it to a congressman, senator or federal judge.
Honestly, I’m surprised that this doesn’t already exist. And it’s truly unfortunate that a tragedy like this had to bring it about.
Let’s just hope it’s bipartisan when the vote comes up.