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Sen. Joe Manchin Discusses Security and Political Peace of Mind

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- In light of a congresswoman being severely injured in a mass shooting in Arizona, some elected officials may be a little apprehensive about public events. That isn't the case for U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W Va.

Despite the shooting that killed six people and injured several others, Manchin proceeded with his "Call for Common Sense" tour that kicked off Monday.

Not only will the tour continue, but there's really no push to increase security either.

On Monday, Manchin and the rest of the country put all business aside for a moment of silence to remember those killed or injured in the shooting. Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford is still in the hospital.

"Congresswoman Gifford, her family and all of those injured and their families -- our hopes and prayers are with them every minute of every day," Manchin said.

Manchin understands the risk of public appearances, starting his "Call for Common Sense" tour just days after the shooting. The trip throughout West Virginia includes several public events where security will be conducted as usual.

"When we're out in our state, moving around different communities, the proper authorities are notified. I have all the confidence in the world in them. I always have," Manchin said.

With no plans to tighten security, Manchin says true safety will come when the culture of politics takes a turn for the better.

"Everybody has concerns to a certain extent. But when you have a mad, deranged person that does something this horrific, it's time for us to reflect," Manchin said. "We have to learn the civility and practice it."


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