US congressman: We have a bull's eye on our backs

Following baseball practice shooting, Congressman Jody Hice of Georgia proposes legislation to allow lawmakers to carry guns anywhere in US.

Tal Polon ,

U.S. President Trump shakes hands with Scalise
U.S. President Trump shakes hands with Scalise

In the wake of the shooting last week at a congressional baseball practice in Virginia, one congressman is proposing a bill that seeks to allow senators and congressmen to carry guns anywhere in the country, with the exception of the US Capitol building.

Although the US constitution stipulates the “right to keep and bear arms,” gun regulations vary according to state and city.

According to Reuters, Republican congressman Jody Hice of Georgia is proposing that, “in light of recent events,” lawmakers be allowed to carry guns anywhere, “regardless of the city or state.”

"Personal protection and being able to defend oneself against an assailant is part of the fabric of our Constitution, which is why I am an ardent believer in the Second Amendment," Hice said in a statement, referring to the constitutional amendment to keep and bear arms.

He claimed that, "While members of Congress are all average Americans, it is clear that we also have a bull's eye on our backs."

"In light of recent events, it's incredibly important that congressmen and women maintain the ability to provide for their own safety, regardless of the city or state,” he said.

His statements follow the shooting at a congressional baseball practice last week, where at least five people were wounded, including US Rep. Steve Scalise, who was critically wounded. Scalise’s condition was later upgraded from “critical” to “serious” and, on Wednesday, to "fair."

The shooter, James T. Hodgkinson, was killed by police at the scene of the incident.

It was later revealed that Hodgkinson had been a volunteer for the presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders, who condemned the shooting.