In an emotional speech before the House, Rep. Tom DeLay said: "They died saving lives. They died doing their duty. These men died defending the Capitol of the United States of America, the symbol of freedom across this world."
|Officer John Gibson (AP)||Officer Jacob Chestnut (AP)|
House and senate members will spend much of Monday and Tuesday honoring the officers, reports CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer.
The House began work Monday afternoon on a resolution to formally allow the use of the Capitol rotunda for a public viewing of the slain officers' coffins, to install a plaque in honor of the two men, and to pay for their funeral expenses. Only 25 other people have been honored with a rotunda ceremony. Click here for more on honors.
The two officers were shot to death Friday, after Weston, allegedly ran through a metal detector and started firing a handgun. Another woman, tourist Angela Dickerson, 24, was wounded and released from the hospital Saturday. Click here for a chronology of events.
Weston's ID Card (AP)
The incident is raising new questions about security at the home of the U.S. Congress, where visitors are less restricted than at other Federal buildings, according to CBS News Correspondent Bob Orr..
The shooting has brought urgent calls for more to be done. One proposal: Create a larger safety buffer around the Capitol by moving metal detectors from inside the building to an outside perimeter. Click here to read more about security.
"They should be outside the building, so that if someone does have a weapon and that weapon is found, it is going to be contained in an area," according to security expert Ira Lipman.
Retractable shield at Capitol. (CBS)
But most lawmakers are hesitant to make things so secure that people are kept away.
"We don't want it to be closed, and we won't close it," Sen. Don Nickles, R-Okla., said. "We just need to make sure we review the security and that it will be safe for visitors and people who work in the Capitol."
Commenting on the shooting, President Clinton said, "We must keep [the Capitol] a place where people can freely and proudly walk the halls of our government." Click here to read the President's remarks.
Proposed visitors center at Capitol.(CBS)
The immediate concern at the Capitol, however, is for the two police officers killed in Friday's shootings. After being honored in Washington, Gibson will be laid to rest at a funeral service Thursday in Lakeridge, Va. Chestnut, a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, will be buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington on Friday.
Notes of condolence and contributions to a memorial fund for John Gibson and Jacob J. Chestnut can be sent to: U.S. Capitol Police Memorial Fund, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. 20515.