FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2015 file photo, a demonstrator helps hold a large "Come and Take It" banner at a rally in support of open carry gun laws at the Capitol, in Austin, Texas. Texas, the second-most populous state, is joining 44 other states in allowing at least some firearm owners to carry handguns openly in public places. Under the Texas law, guns can be carried by those with licenses and only in holsters. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Republicans Need to Start Packing Heat

A few moments ago, Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y) acknowledged what every sensible Republican officeholder in the nation is thinking, even if they’re not saying it:

If you look at the vulnerability, I can assure you from this day forward — I have a carrier permit. I will be carrying when I’m out and about…it’s going to be in my pocket from this day forward.

I recommended the same last month – back in the good old days when Republicans went from dodging f-bombs at townhalls to having to win the checkered flag in Dukes-of-Hazard car chases:

Now Republicans are dodging bullets.

There will be more James Hodgkinsons, as Erick pointed out earlier today, egged on by the Left’s cyber brownshirts who declare that a bullet is the inevitable (and, thus, appropriate) response for repealing Obamacare as well as the Left’s flesh-and-blood brownshirts who have been orchestrating non-lethal (for now) attacks on Republicans since Inauguration Day.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) explained how fortunate he and other victims were to have had Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s Capitol Police detail on the scene:

“I can tell you, that I think with absolute certainty, nobody would have survived without the Capitol Hill Police. They saved everybody’s life. Incredibly brave and deserve everyone’s praise, because, with this guy, who knows what his — how heavily armed he was, but nobody else had a weapon. So, he was just killing everyone — he would have.

The next shooter will make sure none of the congressional leadership’s security detail is around when he pulls the trigger.

Collins is doing the right thing, but his actions will now pressure other caucus members to do likewise. Any who don’t arm themselves as Collins is now doing — and, just as importantly, publicly announce that they’ve done so — will be advertising themselves as a walking gun-free zones – with predictable results.  Conversely, those who do stand a decent chance of not only deterring attacks in the future but hopefully mitigating the death toll by returning fire when (not if) the next leftist decides to do this.

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Matthew Monforton

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