January 11, 2011 by staff
Fred Phelps, The Reverend Fred Phelps”de Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas responded to the shooting by posting a video on YouTube, saying: “Thank God for the violent shooter. “He vowed to have his band of followers picket the funerals.
Members of Phelps picketing funerals of controversial church to attract the attention of anti-hmosxl views of the church.
State Sen. Paula Aboud, D-Tucson, said Democrats are calling for legislation to waive the rules so the bill can be debated and passed in one day, in time for the funeral which will begin this week.
The bill is modeled on an Ohio law that establishes a protection zone of 300 feet around a funeral site an hour before the event until an hour later.
“They want to protest against the grave of a girl of 9 years, and we want to stop,” said Aboud. Christina Green, a third-grader who was born the day of the September 11 terrorist attacks, was among those killed in the shootout. His funeral is scheduled for Thursday.
Members last month lodged a barrage of rights and picketed the funeral of Elizabeth Edwards, the former wife of former presidential candidate John Edwards.
In addition, the Republican and Democratic parties in Pima County are urging people to help form a human barricade along the funeral route to protect the families of Phelps and his small group of vocal protesters.
In Washington, Terrance Gainer, the Senate sergeant at arms, told ABC’s Good Morning America it is against arming members of Congress to increase security in the wake of the shooting.
Gainer said threats against members of the Senate have increased over the last year – 49. But he said he considers the small number in view of all interactions those legislators with constituents.
Asked about the public officials themselves armaments, Gainer said, “I do not think that introducing more guns into the situation will be helpful.”
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