Local Elected Officials Beef-up Security

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    TUCSON, AZ - JANUARY 09: A woman repositions a sign at a makeshift memorial outside of the District Office of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) a day after a gunman allegedly opened fire during a public event entitled 'Congress on your Corner' at the Safeway store on West Ina and North Oracle roads on January 9, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. The suspect, 22-year-old Jared Loughner, allegedly shot Gifford's in the head during a public event entitled 'Congress on your Corner'. Six people were reported killed in the shooting rampage, and 18, including Giffords, were wounded. Loughner is in custody and is expected to appear in federal court tomorrow. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

    The deadly Arizona shooting is already impacting the way elected officials conduct business, including here in San Diego.

    The House of Representatives was not in session on Monday, but on Wednesday it's expected that the FBI and Capitol Police will brief them on security recommendations.

    Congressman Duncan Hunter says he may have a few more staffers at events from here on out and make sure everyone is trained on what to look for when it comes to potential security threats.

    Local Elected Officials Beef-up Security

    [DGO] Local Elected Officials Beef-up Security
    The Arizona shooting is already impacting the way they conduct business.

    "If you're a representative especially, a little more than senators, you're out with your crowds everyday. In fact you’re not only going to crowds, you make crowds because you ask people to meet with you by the thousands," said Hunter.

    Capitol Police and the office of the House sergeant-at-arms told lawmakers the attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was not part of a wider threat, still many are taking this time to review security measures.

    "In some cases there are copy cat situations that reverberate after an action like this is taken, so I think this is a very tense time," said Hunter.

    Even state elected officials are concerned.

    State Rep. Juan Vargas, 40th district, was out on a street corner in Barrio Logan on Monday meeting with constituents.

    He wasn't alone. A handful of police officers were also on hand.

    "We were elected to office, we should be out here with the people, we shouldn't be afraid and if we are afraid we can get police protection to make people safe," said Vargas.

    Vargas said he has never had law enforcement at public events, but given Saturday's shooting he decided it would be prudent to notify police and request the presence of armed officers.

    "Next week, we're going to have a couple of these like we always do and I will probably have to ask for police protection again," said Vargas.