TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - In an exclusive interview with WTVA News on Saturday, U.S. Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi said that this week has been one where events have helped rally the country together.
Tragic events in Boston, Massachusetts, along with West, Texas, and elsewhere have been almost non-stop.
While Senator Wicker said that while it has brought us together, he adds it also reminds us that America will always be under the threat of terrorism.
"These were sort of homemade simple bombs, that could have been done quite a bit", Wicker says. "So, my guess would be that in the past twelve years since we really became aware of all of this, probably hundreds of these types of plots have been prevented."\
Senator Wicker appeared also the target of a threat over the passed few days as a letter addressed to his office was apparently tainted with the poison called ricin.
Paul Kevin Curtis of Corinth has been arrested in the case.
And, Senator Wicker said once again security efforts, although costly, have helped protect the lives of Americans.
He said, "So we have very dedicated postal and Capitol Hill employees. They did their job. And, these new procedures actually worked to prevent harm. Not to me or the president, because it never would have gotten to us. But to staff people that could have come in contact with this. So my hat is off to the system and to the new procedures they have put in place."
Senator Wicker says the issues being debated on Capitol Hill have also been emotional this week.
And, he says the issues are not going to get any easier for the rest of 2013.
One of the issues that the Senate voted down this week dealt with expanding background checks on gun purchases.
Senator Wicker was among those who voted against the measure.
"Mississippi is very protective of the Second Amendment Rights", Wicker says. "And, I share that concern. So, you're looking at a situation where a law-abiding citizen is going to abide by these background checks and requirements. But, somebody who's up to no good is going to go right out in the parking lot and disregard it. Are you doing anything that would be productive in preventing violence? I don't think so. But, are [they] making things a lot more inconvenient for law-abiding citizens? I think you probably are."
But, he says he does want to see the Senate consider placing armed guards at our public schools and to do more to look into the mental health disturbance that he says appears to be a part of many of the outbreaks of violence we've experienced in the U.S.