It would be “a mistake” to keep the US Capitol fencing in place, even after Friday’s fatal attack, a Senate Republican said on Sunday.
Speaking to ABC’s “This Week”, Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) Was asked if the barricades that currently surround the complex should still be dismantled.
“I think the permanent fence should fall. I don’t think it’ll do the job. In fact, the fence was right there when the car pulled through, ”the Missouri senator, who announced his resignation last month, told the network.
“In fact, fencing can create a false sense of security on a daily basis,” he added.
The 71-year-old lawmaker said he supported the temporary fencing of the Capitol on special occasions, as the Capitol police previously did for inaugurations.
“The message we are sending is the wrong message. In all honesty, we’re probably preparing for the wrong thing. The idea that what happens next at the Capitol will be what happened last is almost certainly not, ”remarked Blunt, repeating his position that the fence should fall.
On Friday, a madman rammed his car into a barrier outside the Senate side of the building, killing a police officer before being fatally shot by police.
Republicans had already called for the Capitol to return to pre-pandemic operations and for the security measures in place following the deadly Jan. 6 riot to be reduced.
While personal tours of the complex were suspended last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Capitol was seriously closed after the failed uprising.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Criticized the current level of security in early March, noting that it reminded him of the war zone in Kabul, Afghanistan.
“I just checked this morning. There are no serious threats to the Capitol. I think we are reacting way too strongly to current needs, ”he said when speaking to reporters. “I am extremely uncomfortable with the fact that my constituents cannot come to the Capitol.”