“…Every time I enter the Senate Chamber, I see two armed police officers at the door, one with a handgun and one with an automatic firearm.
I must admit that this does not make me feel safe. On the contrary, I am frightened by the thought that a police officer armed with an automatic weapon could shoot it on the Hill.
How many innocent victims would pay with their lives for this so-called security measure?
In my opinion, it is a serious mistake to arm police officers with these weapons. No matter what, the first victims of an attack will probably be police officers, because people who wish to do harm do not give advance notice.
Security that relies on firepower has proven to be ineffective, and millions of Americans have paid the price for this false assumption with their lives.
I remind you of the incident of October 22, when the intruder—not a terrorist—was shot by Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, in full view of the many RCMP officers stationed on the Hill.”