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Congress: Discussing security

“The chairman of the House Democratic Caucus said Sunday that lawmakers will meet for a special joint conference on Wednesday to discuss security measures and concerns in the wake of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) in her home district Saturday,” The Hill writes.

“Rep. Robert Brady (D-Pa.) reportedly plans to introduce legislation that would make it a federal crime to use language or symbols that could be perceived as threatening or inciting violence against a federal official or member of Congress,” The Hill notes. Brady said referring to Sarah Palin’s map, "You can't put bull's-eyes or crosshairs on a United States congressman or a federal official," he said, adding, “"The rhetoric is just ramped up so negatively, so high, that we have got to shut this down.”

But “Freshman Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who was elected to office with significant Tea Party backing, said it would be ‘disrespectful’ to use the recent shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) for political gain,” The Hill adds.