Shooting at GOP Baseball practice

  1. Suspect James Hodgkinson Dies After Shooting At GOP Baseball Practice; Rep. Steve Scalise Is Wounded : The Two-Way : NPR

    A gunman opened fire during an early morning baseball practice for Republican members of Congress on Wednesday, reportedly firing dozens of shots at a field in Alexandria, Va. At least five people were wounded, including Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana.
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    What a story to wake up to this morning. The FBI is taking over the case since the attack involved violence against a federal officer.

    I hope everyone is ok. No lives lost yet . . . except the perp.
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  2. 114 Comments

  3. by   toomuchbaloney
    Violent extremism is not the answer even though it is our history.
  4. by   BCgradnurse
    I hate hearing about this. It's not the answer to whatever issues we have.
  5. by   Lil Nel
    No violence of this sort isn't the answer. But it is the world in which we live.

    Just as the shooting, and subsequent killing of an Indian national in Kansas by a man yelling: Get out of my country isn't acceptable, nor the killing of 49 people at a nightclub in Florida, or the stabbing deaths of the two fine gentleman in Portland while standing up to racism. None of it is acceptable.

    But it will continue.
  6. by   azhiker96
    Sad event and predictably there is no shortage of politicians and reporters trying to make hay.

    David Frum of The Atlantic tweeted a bunch of nonsense about Virginia gun laws. Everything was false and quickly refuted. Also good to note that the shooter was from Illinois and likely made his purchase there under their laws.

    Virginia Governor McAuliffe made the claim that 93 million Americans are lost each year to gun violence. He repeated that claim but later corrected himself after being questioned by a reporter. He called for more gun laws without knowing if any laws were broken or if any proposed laws would have prevented this attack.

    Little is known about the shooter other than he was a Bernie supported and hated Trump. He also let his home inspection license expire in 2016. I expect we may hear of financial and/or mental issues.
  7. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from azhiker96
    Sad event and predictably there is no shortage of politicians and reporters trying to make hay.
    The Twitter-verse is exploding with ugly comments. I'm glad I do not frequent Twitter although I do have an account.

    I was going to add some of the comments but then decided not to join in the ugliness.
  8. by   azhiker96
    Yes, Twitter seems to largely be a toxic environment. It reminds me of a comment Will Rogers made about television programming. " It is like the slop you feed the hogs. Sure, there is some good stuff in there but who wants to pick it out?"
  9. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from azhiker96
    Yes, Twitter seems to largely be a toxic environment. It reminds me of a comment Will Rogers made about television programming. " It is like the slop you feed the hogs. Sure, there is some good stuff in there but who wants to pick it out?"
    That's a good point. I joined Twitter years ago when a friend wanted to try it out. As mentioned, I rarely go there.

    I'm watching the news now - many comments from all sides about whether we've let the rhetoric get too toxic in our country. Another good point.

    (A shooting on the West Coast at a UPS and a high-rise fire in London. This is why I rarely watch the news either).
  10. by   ElvishDNP
    Policies of congresspeople have real-world consequences. Who knew?
  11. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from ElvishDNP
    Policies of congresspeople have real-world consequences. Who knew?
    Are you kidding me? I never expected this kind of statement from you Elvish.
  12. by   Spidey's mom
    Republican Whip Steve Scalise in critical condition - CNNPolitics.com

    The congressman's condition has been changed to critical. More details of his injuries are in the link.
  13. by   Avid reader
    Quote from Spidey's mom
    Are you kidding me? I never expected this kind of statement from you Elvish.
    You do understand that elected officials or power grabbers have been responsible for many of humanity's worse atrocities? Their actions do have consequences especially re the mentally ill etc who processes things slightly differently. You cannot keep imposing or taking and not expect that people will not rise up , especially those who have little outlet or capabilities to express themselves appropriately. Gun violence in America isn't an anomaly, it's an expectable outcome. When you marginalize people, then suppress their responses, dams burst. You have a small population of second amendment followers who are supported by a well funded arms manufacturing industry who have imposed their greed induced legislations against the wishes of the many. The entire rest of the Western world is wrong and only Americans are right. That's why we are the only one with a second amendment, right?
    Last edit by Avid reader on Jun 15 : Reason: Punctuation
  14. by   azhiker96
    Quote from ElvishDNP
    Policies of congresspeople have real-world consequences. Who knew?
    I suppose this sentiment also applies to Bobby Kennedy, MLK, Gabby Gifford, and many others. That doesn't justify violence, just pointing out a risk of being a public figure.

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