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By Steve King
Topic - Terrance W. Gainer
The Senate lifted its lockdown Monday afternoon after a little more than an hour, though Sergeant at Arms Terrance W. Gainer defended the initial decision, which came more than seven hours after the Navy Yard shooting, saying he believes it kept staffers safe.
A defensive Senate was left to explain Monday why it shut its doors to the public seven hours after the Navy Yard mass shooting — even as the rest of official Washington remained open.
An envelope addressed to a U.S. Senate office tested positive for the deadly poison ricin Tuesday, launching a criminal investigation and prompting warnings to other offices to take precautions with their mail.
Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance W. Gainer told The Associated Press he was confident the officers "did the best they could under the situation."
"This is not a routine highway or city traffic stop. It is simply not that," Mr. Gainer said. "The milieu under which we're operating at the United States Capitol and I suspect at the White House and at icons up in New York is an antiterrorism approach, and that is a difference with a huge, huge distinction."