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San Diego politicians taking precautions after Congresswoman's shooting

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The deadly shooting rampage that left an Arizona congresswoman in critical condition has other politicians rethinking how safe it is to be out in public.

Congresswoman Susan Davis took a closer look at the construction being done at Lindbergh Field. Making public appearances and meeting with constituents, she says, is part of the job.

"I will always be out in public, and I know that law enforcement here is very responsive and very helpful to us and our office, and they provide security for us when we need it," Davis said.

Davis is good friends with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who is fighting for her life after being shot in the head at a town hall meeting in a Tucson shopping complex. Davis says what happened Saturday is not cause for panic, and she doesn't want people to be afraid of approaching elected officials.

"People should have the ability and feel comfortable and safe coming to a neighborhood meeting with a member of Congress, and we need to make sure this never happen again," Davis said.

State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher says the shooting rampage has put those in the political spotlight on edge, but he says he won't be making any changes to his personal security.

"When you represent a group...they need to have access to you. They need to be able to ask you questions at town hall, they need to be able to come up to you on the street. So we can't let fear or intimidation change one of the hallmarks of our system," Fletcher said.

It's a sentiment shared by San Diego City Councilmember Kevin Faulconer.

"I do not have personal security when I'm out talking to residents or neighbors," Faulconer said.

As Faulconer and others spoke downtown Monday afternoon, security flanked the front of Horton Plaza. The councilman says police will continue to be present at council meetings, but no extra measures will be put in place in light of the tragedy in Tucson.

"Sometimes people have different views and that's part of public discourse, that's part of the job that I do, but certainly you never want to see what happened in Arizona," Faulconer said.

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