House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and several others were shot this morning when an assailant opened fire on a baseball practice involving congressional Republicans. All the wounded are recovering. According to Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis, the assailant asked if the group was Republican or Democrat before the assault. North Carolina Rep. Mike Walker declared the assailant was “there to kill as many Republican members as possible.” After almost 10 minutes, during which he fired 50-100 shots, Capitol Police were finally able to subdue the assailant, who later died. Sen. Rand Paul, also present and safe, said, “Everybody probably would have died except for the fact that Capitol Hill police were there.” And the police detail was only there due to Scalise’s presence.
James T. Hodgkinson of Illinois has been identified as the perpetrator. Hodgkinson was an unhinged leftist – like a growing number of that ilk. He tweeted on March 22, “Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.” His background picture on social media is of Bernie Sanders and he was a Sanders campaign worker and a “99%er.” His profile picture touts the “virtues” of Democratic Socialism. His entire social media profile follows this vein. The Leftmedia may take forever to report it, but his motive is clear.
Given the incessant hate-fomenting by the DemoMSM, don’t they bear some blame? Or maybe Kathy Griffin’s beheading Trump “joke” is at fault? Overheated rhetoric can lead to violence — or at least that’s what they told us when Rep. Gabby Giffords was shot in 2011.
Predictably, Democrat haters and their DemoMSM propagandists will attempt to blame-shift this attack from their inflamed rhetoric to the need for more “gun control.” It’s part of their perennial efforts to undermine the Second Amendment assurance of Liberty.
Update: Yep. Democrat Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared, “There are too many guns on the street.”
Exit question: Time to shut down that presidential assassination play?