The recent shooting in Tucson, Ariz., that left a 9-year-old girl dead along with five others, and injured 13, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, was undeniably a tragedy.
The event caused a torrent of debates on seemingly related political issues and speculation on what brought the suspect, Jared Loughner, 22, to attempt to assassinate Giffords at her political meet and greet, Congress in Your Corner, on Jan. 8.
Already, several members of the Arizona Republican party have or plan to resign from office after the shooting. Still other members of Congress defiantly continue to present themselves at meet and greet events.
Some members, however, have called for more security personnel to be employed for protection at events. Authorities have countered that public officials need to take more responsibility for their personal safety by limiting public events.