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McCaskill: Preventing random violence not possible

04/19/2013 12:56 PM

05/20/2014 10:42 AM

Sen. Claire McCaskill

, D-Mo., said Friday it would excessively compromise civil liberties to take steps to completely prevent terror events like the Boston bombing.

McCaskill, a former prosecutor, said she wouldn’t support such steps.

“I’m not going to be part of an effort to have everyone go through a metal detector when they go out of their home,” she told reporters at a morning news conference in Kansas City.

“It is not possible to prevent every act of random violence or political violence here, or anywhere in the world,” she continued. “We can just do our best with respect for our culture and the freedoms we hold dear.”

Other statements on the Boston search:

— “They have handled it very well. I know the decision they made to lock down the greater Boston area was a very difficult one.”

— “I’m very sorry for the loss of life that occurred last night as a result of this, but I do think that they clearly are narrowing the search and are going to be able to bring this to a conclusion in a fairly short order.”

She also sharply criticized the Senate’s rejection of background checks for the purchase of weaponry.


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