Politicians Out at Public Weekend Events

Congresswoman Giffords was shot down last weekend while meeting constituents outside a supermarket. This weekend several of her colleagues made a point of holding similar public sessions.

CBS News correspondent Manuel Gallegus reports members of Vongress are back on the street, moving forward.

U.S. representative from New York Anthony Weiner was out in his district Sunday meeting with his constituents.

"I don't have concerns [about my safety]," said Weiner. "I did 27 town hall meetings during the health care debate. Sometimes voices got raised, sometimes passions got raised, but I have no concerns about my safety or the safety of my constituents."

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Across the nation there's a feeling of defiance among politicians. They are undeterred by the violence that erupted at Gabrielle Giffords' political event in Tucson, Ariz., on Jan. 8, 2011.

"I think right now she is inspiring all of us," said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). "I think she is inspiring our nation with her courage, with her strength."

Now reinforcing that courage is added security. This weekend at a Minneapolis market, officers were out in force for Democrat Rep. Keith Ellison's "Congress on Your Corner" event.

Around the country law enforcement is offering up extra security to political leaders. They were there in Las Vegas for Democrat Congresswoman Shelley Berkley.

"I thought it was very important to send a signal to my constituents and let them know we're open for business," she said.

In Pitt Co., N.C., the sheriff is looking at new ways to protect public events.

"Simple little things like planning ahead, making changes in where people sit, changing you camera systems or alarm systems, things we can do to prevent tragedies like we have seen," said Sheriff Neil Elks.

Elks says he'll add security to events from school board meetings to visits from Sen. Kay Hagan (D).

"But I think that we need to recognize that democracy in our country is critically important to have access to elected officials," said Hagan.

It's an access that both politicians and voters refuse to surrender.