WASHINGTON (NBC) -- Washington Representative Adam Smith said, "I and every other member of Congress
has got to go right back out there, you know, tomorrow and the next day and make
ourselves available to the public."
As flags fly at half-staff today
before a moment of silence at 11 a.m., members of Congress are fully aware they,
too, are at risk of being targeted.
Arizona Representative Trent Franks
said, "She was out doing her job as a member of Congress, some deranged
degenerate shot her down."
House Speaker John Boehner said, "An attack
on one who serves is an attack on all who serves."
Now there is debate
on whether the tone of politics may be leading to violence.
Representative Charlie Rangel said, "This type of vicious, inflammatory rhetoric
doesn't help in situations like this."
Congress considers a resolution
Wednesday honoring Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the victims in Arizona.
There will be no business or votes this week, including the much-anticipated
health care repeal.
The vote now put off as Congress considers whether
extra security is needed at public events.
Florida Representative Debbie
Wasserman-Schultz said the presence of security would make her feel safe.
"At least a show of law enforcement so that we can make
sure that my staff is protected."
No word on whether Capitol police plan
to step up security here.