Students: 265 Dead; Members of Congress: 0
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Students: 265 Dead; Members of Congress: 0

Representatives Beef Up Their Own Security, but Do Nothing to Stop the Slaughter of Children

David Cay Johnston

When our children are massacred we get “thoughts and prayers” from members of Congress instead of action to save lives.

But when it comes to their own safety, lawmakers act swiftly–and at our expense.

The House passed a resolution allowing them to use our tax dollars to buy bulletproof vests. And that’s not all. They can use their expense accounts to pay for security guards at official events or just to hang out in their district offices.

They can even use the money to install bulletproof glass in their district offices, although that has to be embedded in the rent, not paid for separately. One might read that provision as the first move on a slippery slope toward hiding security expenses.

So, is there a pressing need for this use of taxpayer dollars to protect our lawmakers from people with guns hell-bent on murder?

Relevant numbers:

Number of students killed in school shootings since the start of 2000: 265.

Number of representatives and senators killed since 2000 by shooting: 0.

Indeed, in the whole history of our republic, only 14 members of Congress have been killed. Ten of them were before 1906–a count that includes three duels.

There is, of course, pro-gun Rep. Steve Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, who survived a deranged gunman’s attack last summer. And former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) has championed gun control since she was nearly killed by a gunman in 2011.

But how about the other side of the equation: protecting America’s children from school shootings? At DCReport we focus on what Trump and our lawmakers do, not what they say.

So, what have they done to stop the slaughter of children?

Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

Featured image: Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) returns to the House floor after his shooting.


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March 5, 2018