Area Federal Representatives React to the Shooting in Arizona

January 10, 2011 Updated Jan 10, 2011 at 12:22 AM EDT

By Lou Chilelli

January 10, 2011 Updated Jan 10, 2011 at 12:22 AM EDT

"Unfortunately political violence is a part of our history...our nations history and world history." remarked Congressman Brian Higgins. He has worked closely with Congresswoman Giffords. "She is highly energetic...youthful...very engaged in the legislative process. Just a wonderful person."

Republican Congressman Chris Lee has spent a lot of time talking with Giffords. "We talked about just life in general. A good person. It would be one of the last people on earth I think that would have an act of violence occur against her. It tells you how tenuous sometime it is when you are out in the public eye."

As flags fly at half staff in the nations capitol, members of Congress, their spouses and chiefs of staff were invited to participate in a conference call. They received information about security from the office of the Sargent at Arms and the Capitol Police. "Obviously, there will be a reassessment of security and what measures individuals can take to ensure that their safety is protected," said Higgins.

"There are a handful of threats that are made every month. They investigate them thoroughly. Almost inevitably they tend to be people who are mentally unstable...not people with political motivation. In almost every case those people make the threat but take no action and they are handled effectively and quietly." said U.S. Senator Charles Shumer.

Thoughts of security are on the minds of officials in Niagara Falls. Representative Louise Slaughter's Niagara Falls office was the target of vandalism last year during the health care debate. The same thing happened at an office of Congresswoman Giffords. "In light of that connection, we thought that it would be prudent to take steps to protect the congresswoman's office. There is going to be an increased police presence and other measures which I don't want to specify." said Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.