"If you let these type things keep you away, then the terrorists, or whatever you want to call them, they win," Keith Logan of Washington, DC explained to CBS News Correspondent Thalia Assuras, who was there to gauge people's reactions.
Inside, it was business as usual, almost. Officials say security measures will be reviewed, but claim nothing had changed Saturday. But visitors sensed a difference.
Former congressman Bud Brown said, "I think we're all more conscious of the heroes we have among us."
The peoples' house will always be open to the people, said Brown, now the president of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society.
And Congressman Brown, who knew both of the officers who were killed told CBS News that next week, he will propose the men's families be given the historical society's "Freedom Award".
"The officers were there to maintain the people's freedom in the house, they were the security system," Brown said. "They did their job."