Town halls go on despite shooting

Three days after the deadly shooting in Arizona, Sen. Richard Shelby stepped into a family restaurant in Gordo, Alabama, and greeted about 30 people gathered for a town hall meeting.

“First of all, I wanted to tell you I’m unarmed,” the veteran senator began.

In a week when Capitol Hill was still reeling from shock, many members of Congress charged ahead with their public meetings undeterred by recent events.

“What happened in Arizona was uncalled for, it was a terrible tragedy, but we have irrational people everywhere,” Shelby continued. “We should never be intimidated by that and stop assembling and meeting.”

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