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Some of the region's lawmakers say more security may not be the answer to this weekend's attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Many lawmakers and their families are asking themselves if they're safe.

Immediately after Saturday's shooting some lawmakers increased their own security. And on Sunday the sergeant at arms and the chief of the Capitol Police were on a call for concerned lawmakers, family members and staffers; approximately 800 people conferenced in. Some members are already calling for more funds for personal security when they're back in their districts.

But Maryland Democrat Rep. Chris Van Hollen says he's waiting to hear recommendations from the Capitol Police.

"While there will be a heightened sense of the need to take precaution, I believe, most of us will continue to go about our days meeting with constituents and being out and about and being as accessible as possible," Van Hollen says.

On Wednesday Congress will have a special joint conference on security for lawmakers. Safety recommendations will be distributed.

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