Death Threats Against Members of Congress: Old News
Gail Chaddock of the Christian Science Monitor has a nice antidote to the hysteria now gripping our mainstream media regarding the recent death threats and vandalism towards members of congress. As she notes, these actions are, strictly speaking, nothing new:
The House increased security screenings for weapons following 1954 shootings in the House chamber. After a bomb 1971 bomb explosion outside the Senate chamber, metal detectors were installed at doorways in the Capitol. In 1983, after another bombing in the Capitol, metal detectors were extended to Senate and House office buildings. After the 9/11 attacks, Congress completed a Visitors Center and issued tamper-proof badges to staff.
Thankfully we haven’t seen anything like that.