A Gun-Toting Congress?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) is reportedly writing a bill that would allow congressmembers to carry concealed weapons in Washington D.C. Carrying a concealed weapon is currently illegal in D.C., but is not illegal for members of Congress on Capitol grounds. The news of this bill comes after twenty people were shot in Arizona over this past weekend, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who is still in the hospital recovering. Will more guns mean less senseless acts of violence? 

The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, has the details of this potential bill.

Joanne Freeman, a professor of history at Yale University, is currently at work on a book about violence in Congress; she says that gun-toting in Congress is nothing new in the history of the United States.


Joanne Freeman and Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

David J Fazekas

Comments [1]

joe brosius from Waxhaw, NC

Gun crimes are committed by criminals. Law abiding gun owners are not criminals. It is time to stop treating everyone like they are in kindergarten or a boot camp. If someone breaks a law, punish that person, not everyone else because of that bad person.

Feb. 04 2012 05:31 PM

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