Valley congressional staff looking improve security following Giffords attack

Salomon Torres

Usually Salomon Torres fills his day with e-mails and phone calls from constituents.

But things have changed following a tragedy that unfolded in Arizona, where Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head.

The past few days in U.S. Congressman Ruben Hinojosa TMs office have been filled with meetings on how to better protect the Rio Grande Valley-based congressman.

"Taking care of his well being is now, more than ever, going to be our highest priority," said Torres.

But at the same time they have to protect themselves against a possible attack.

"Everybody in this office has put themselves in the shoes of that staff that were victims of this violent act, said Torres. We are all reflecting on how we would respond to a violent act against us or the congressman."

Torres said they have been discussing all aspects of protection.

He said one of the top priorities is that every staffer learns CPR. There has also been discussion of the possibility of carrying a weapon.

"Use of weapons|that's something we will approach with the guidance of the capital police, said Torres. We are in consultation with them for the tools they recommend to put in place in district offices."

Torres said as the country tries to recover from this tragedy the way members of congress address their constituents will forever be changed.