Being in Public Eye Makes Government Officials Targets of Many
No one likes it, but being in the public eye carries with it certain threats. America is not such a safe place as a matter of routine because the laws permit and encourage the right to bear arms. That is an obsolete law that provides a foundation for armed criminals and whack jobs to threaten people. IMO, law enforcement officials should be the ones that carry guns on behalf of law abiding citizens. Guns should be removed from society at large.
The right to bear arms is manifest in law enforcement that act on behalf of law abiding citizens.
“How often are government officials threatened?
By Ed O'Keefe
It is a federal crime to kill, assault, intimidate or interfere with federal employees performing official duties.
As of Dec. 31, the Justice Department had filed such charges against 84 defendants during the fiscal year that began in September, according to department figures. It brought 320 cases against 352 defendants in fiscal 2010, up from 308 cases against 331 defendants in fiscal 2009.
(Loughner, 22, faces two counts of murder in the deaths of U.S. District Court Judge John M. Roll, and Gabriel Zimmerman, a Giffords aide. He also faces three counts of attempted murder for the shootings of Giffords and two other federal employees.)
As for Congress, lawmakers faced at least 236 death threats in the past decade, according to FBI documents released last month. Serious threats against lawmakers have dropped in the last decade. Threats investigated by the FBI peaked at 42 cases in 2001 and dropped to nine by 2006, according to the documents first obtained by Politico.
Similarly, federal court personnel are also no stranger to potential violence: Judges, prosecutors and other court workers were the target of 1,278 threats in fiscal 2008, more than double the threats received in 2003, according to a 2009 report by the Justice Department Inspector General.
The U.S. Marshals, who provide security for federal judges prosecutors and Supreme Court justices when they travel, isn't planning significant changes to federal courthouse security, because Roll wasn't the target of an assassination plot, according to Marshals spokesman Jeff Carter.