“Nobody would have survived without the Capitol Hill police…It would have been a massacre without them.”
– Senator Rand Paul who was on the ball field when the shooting began
He ranted and raved all over Facebook and Twitter about President Trump being a traitor and a danger to democracy. He was a hater of all things Republican including his belonging to a group called ‘Terminate the Republican Party.’ He was a die-hard Bernie Sanders supporter and Iowa campaign volunteer who believed Sanders was the reincarnation of FDR. He asked Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis, who was leaving the ball field before he committed his cowardly act, “is this a Democrat or Republican game practice” as he needed to know he was targeting the right people. And according to both congressional witnesses and law enforcement, he appeared to have perpetrated a “deliberate attack.”
As if we did not know that with the question he asked.
And by now we all are aware that at 7:10 this past Wednesday morning one James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year old man from Belleville, Illinois…a former home inspector with a fairly lengthy police record that included assault, domestic violence, DUI, aggregated discharge of a firearm…a democratic socialist and avowed Trump-hater…traveled to Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Arington VA with one thing and one thing alone on his mind…to kill.
And try to kill he did, spraying the ball field with multiple gunshots seriously wounding GOP House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (LA)…the third-ranking member of House Republican leadership…along with four others at the for-charity Congressional baseball practice game…a bi-partisan annual tradition for over 100 years…a game that rightfully still took place last night at Nationals Park. Scalise (who was shot in the hip and is now in critical condition after undergoing surgery) and the others shot…Krystal Griner and David Bailey… security members of the U.S. Capitol Police assigned to Scalise as round-the-clock protection because of his position…Zach Bart, a member of Texas Rep. Roger Williams’ staff and Tyson Foods lobbyist Matt Mika…all survived what would have been an early morning “killing field” if Hodgkinson had not been shot and mortally wounded by Griner and Bailey, who returned fire even while being wounded themselves.
Hodgkinson died of his wounds at the hospital a few hours later…with his rightful death sparing ‘We the People’ having our taxpayer dollars wasted on keeping this bastard alive in a cushy jail cell for years or possibly even decades.
And as for the 25 members of Congress on the field at the time of the shooting who were forced to run and scramble for cover either in the dugouts or by going over the 20′ tall chain link fence surrounding the ball field,..they all gave the same chilling account of at least 50 shots being fired within ten minutes time from what looked like a ‘long gun’…a semi-automatic assault weapon…from behind the 3rd base dugout which afforded the shooter a clear view of the field and everybody on it. “We were sitting ducks in that dugout,” said Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Fla.) “There was blood all over the place…it seemed like it took forever to subdue the shooter.”
But once Hodgkinson was down Sen. Jeff Flake and Rep. Brad Wenstrup, who is a physician, ran to help the wounded Scalise…who never lost consciousness and had dragged himself 15 yards off the field leaving a trail of blood…to help by applying pressure to Scalise’s hip wound until paramedics arrived to both stabilize and evacuate him to the hospital.
And what was the response on the Hill when word of the shooting hit the news…regular scheduled proceedings were canceled or postponed, including votes on legislation and with many critical hearings being delayed. The House Natural Resources Federal Lands Subcommittee canceled a scheduled meeting to instead debate gun legislation, while Capitol Hill Police notified congressional offices and leaders that security presence on the Hill would be increased “out of an abundance of caution.” And President Trump rightfully canceled an afternoon event at the Department of Labor.
President Trump issued this statement, “The Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely” and “We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected,” and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan added that “An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.”
But what of Bernie Sanders in whose name the attack seems to have been carried out… a man who supports instant background checks and bans on semi-automatic weapons, but who surprisingly voted five times against the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act. “I am sickened by this despicable act. Let me be as clear as I can be. Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms,” were his words as the avowed atheist added that his thoughts and prayers were with those wounded and their families.
And these ‘supposedly’ comforting words of thoughts and prayers came from the mouth of the very man who during the presidential campaign stated that “I want to see real, serious debate and action on guns, but it is not going to take place if we simply have extreme positions on both sides.”
Extreme positions on both sides…I think not as most acts of gun violence in this country happen in ‘supposed ‘gun-free zones and are acts committed by those whose allegiance is either to the Democratic party itself or who are tied to the government teat for their very existence. Driven ever forward by a liberal media that glorifies violence against Republicans and especially against President Trump, Sanders and his ilk forget that defending our Second Amendment right to “keep and bear arms” is a Constitutional right afforded to ‘We the People’ that assures we always remain a republic, and that the Constitution must remain the law of our land. And it will do so as long as American patriots remain loyal to that very document.
And while House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is the first member of Congress to be shot since former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords was shot in January 2011, it did not take long for liberal politicians to start spewing their rallying cry for more gun control as well as for gun confiscation. And first on that bandwagon was Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) who called for more gun control immediately upon his hearing of the Scalise shooting…called for more gun control even before knowing the shooter’s name or the facts surrounding him…even before digesting the reality that anyone with a gun shooting members of Congress will always be political in nature. Stating repeatedly that “we lose 93 million Americans a day to gun violence”…before being correcting by a reporter to the true figure of just 93…McAuliffe relished in spewing out the typical Democratic and liberal rhetoric that it is the ‘bad’ guns that kill people not the people who pull the gun’s triggers.
“Efforts to restrict the second amendment rights of law-abiding Americans will only punish those who play by the rules and will be ignored by criminals who break the law. – wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise who right after Sandy Hook spoke out when Obama considered taking away our Second Amendment rights via executive order
But if truth be told more gun control will never equate ro less gun violence…remember Hodgkinson was from Illinois a state with some of the toughest gun laws in the country…nor will it reduce crime or stop murders…for guns are deep-rooted in criminal culture no matter what the Democrats say. And those who abide by gun laws will continue to do so while criminals and those intent on doing harm will always find a way to secure a firearm, with legalities like background checks and existing gun laws be damned.
And while gun-control advocates pushed and continued to push for new and stricter federal laws on firearms in light of Sandy Hook, Orlando, and now Arlington Virginia, thankfully those efforts went then and will continue to go nowhere now for actions taken and words spewed show that the gun-control crowd do not want simple and just laws nor do they want to enforce the laws already on the books. What they really want boarders on gun confiscation if not outright confiscation itself…as in the complete disarming of the American citizenry. And why…so that they and they alone can control into whose hands firearms will be placed.
Also forgotten in the gun-control discourse is that the choosing to do harm was, is, and will always remain an individual choice as will said individuals weapon of choice, and is really a mental health issue for no stable person in their right mind chooses to do harm to others, and no sane person turns politics into an all-consuming religion of hate.
And that raises a very important question…should the mentally ill be allowed to have firearms if they are taking their medication? Current mental health laws pertaining to firearms are lax at best…as is their enforcement…so maybe the most viable solution is to across the board enforce gun laws currently on the books as written and enforce them equally for everyone.
And while at this point it is not known if shooter James T. Hodgkinson legally got the gun he used (he did have a valid Illinois issued firearm owner’s identification card) or even exactly where he got it, we do know that Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s words that called Wednesday’s shooting “part of a pattern” of “increasing intensity of hostility on the left” to be true, as it becomes even more obvious with each and every passing day that the problem with guns is solely one of the shooter’s mental health, especially in light of the unproductive rhetoric that has now become part and parcel of today’s political discourse.
But even that rhetoric and the passion that accompanies and most times overtakes it…does not mean that more restrictions need to be placed on gun ownership, for now, a new form of terrorism…political terrorism…has arisen in our country due to the angry political discourse and rancor against those one considers the opposition. And this anger is fueled on by has-been celebrities like Kathy Griffin and Madonna…to name just two…and by a media responsible for the normalization of violence coupled with their inspiring and fueling on the hate for both ratings and to push forward an agenda that would have our Founding Fathers turning over in their graves.
So now as we wait and pray that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise survives wounds far more serious than first thought, the saddest thing of all is that this did not have to happen if the left had not let their anger and hate-filled rhetoric over an election lost consume their every waking moment. Steve Scalise was their first victim, leaving one to wonder if he was but the trial run for the left’s ultimate goal…as in the elimination of President Trump. They could not do it by the ballot box…it appears they cannot do it via ‘fake news’ and Russian innuendos… so will they will try to do it with a gun.
Heaven help our country if that is their goal.
Copyright © 2017 Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor
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