The Buffalo News reports:
Rep. Chris Collins said Monday that he will carry a gun while traveling in his district not only to protect himself, but also to protect his constituents.
“I owe it to the people in my community, God help me, to try to stop a threat to their safety, should it ever occur because of my presence,” Collins, R-Clarence, wrote in an op-ed published on the Washington Post’s website.
In the op-ed, the Clarence Republican provided further details on a decision he announced on WBEN radio last week.
Collins first said last week that he would be carrying a gun after the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and several others at a Republican congressional baseball team practice in Alexandria, Va.
Noting his longtime support for the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, Collins wrote: “For my own protection, and for the protection of those around me, I’m putting these values into practice. Now, more than ever, I truly believe that the best place to be, during a terrible episode like the one in Alexandria, is next to a good guy with a gun.”
That incident, Collins wrote, illustrates the dangers that members of Congress and those around them face.
“After what we saw last week, it’s clear we need to do more to make sure that we’re protected,” he wrote.