Well, Rep. Doug Lamborn has scheduled four "town hall" meetings in his 5th Congressional District in coming days and, as he indicated earlier to the Independent, he plans to have a law-enforcement presence in the room.
In his Between the Lines column on Jan. 13, Ralph Routon included this description from his visit with Lamborn after the Tucson shooting that nearly killed U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords:
We also talked about security, with Lamborn noting that "we haven't had problems here," as compared to more flammable areas such as Arizona. He did say that, along with others in Congress, he would take more precautionary steps in the future, such as asking sheriffs to provide a few deputies at events — not just as a deterrent, but also to make constituents feel more at ease.
You might recall that in August 2009, Lamborn's constituent meetings caused quite a stir. They took place prior to Congress adopting health care reform and drew a lot of vitriol from Lamborn's backers, who heckled people who thought reforming the monstrously expensive yet inaccessible system might be a good idea. One of those meetings disintegrated into a shouting match when outsiders discovered they couldn't get in because the place had been packed with Lamborn's supporters.
Anyway, this time, Lamborn and his people will be ready. The press release announcing the town hall meetings states, "All meetings will have either sheriff or police presence."
The release says Lamborn will talk about his legislative priorities, including "progress being made to repeal and replace ObamaCare" and ideas to cut federal spending, "including his efforts to defund NPR."
Here are his dates:
Canon City, Monday, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Canon City Council Chambers
128 Main Street
Buena Vista, Tuesday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Buena Vista Community Center, Aspen Room
715 East Main Street
Woodland Park, Thursday, Feb. 3, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Woodland Park Council Chambers
220 West South Avenue
Colorado Springs, Saturday, Feb. 25, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Pikes Peak Community College - Rampart Range Campus
11195 Colorado 83
Classical Academy Auditorium.