In an article published in CQ Homeland Security – – Catalyst Partner Rich Cooper weighed in on how the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others impacts DHS.
From the article:
Rich Cooper, a principal at the security consulting firm Catalyst Partners, said the assassination attempt was reminiscent of Seung-Hui Cho’s 2007 attack on students and faculty at Virginia Tech. Both involved apparently disturbed individuals who used legally purchased firearms and had no ties to terrorist groups. Although he noted that investigators could disclose more facts about Lougher to contradict the assessment, Cooper said the Tucson incident has “homeland implications,” but little that pertains to direct management by DHS…
… Wherever the attack stands in relation to homeland security, Cooper said there are lessons that DHS and its partners can learn from the incidents, and experience and information that the department can lend to law enforcement agencies worried about similar attacks.
Cooper also previously posted this response to the Arizona tragedy.