This morning, James T. Hodgkinson opened fire at a practice session for a bipartisan baseball game between members of Congress in Alexandria, VA shooting Rep. Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip, and at least two others.
Apparently Hodgkinson was specifically targeting Republicans, with one witness saying he asked if those practicing were Democrats or Republicans before opening fire.
Had members of the Capitol Police not been there to take Hodgkinson down, the carnage would have been horrific. Senator Rand Paul said it would have been “a massacre.” Thankfully, it was not.
As we reported earlier, it turns out Hodgkinson was strongly anti-Trump and a Bernie Sanders supporter. In fact he volunteered for Sanders’ presidential campaign at one point.
Sanders spoke out.
According to KATC.Com, Senator Bernie Sanders made comments to the Senate floor Wednesday morning after learning the shooter had apparently volunteered during his campaign.
Sanders condemned the actions of the shooter, identified as James T. Hodgkinson, saying, “Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society”.
The senator went on to say that real change only comes from non-violent actions and that anything else runs counter to the deep values of American society.
“My hopes and prayers are that Rep Scalise, congressional staff, and the officers wounded make a quick recovery. I also want to thank the capital police for their heroic actions to prevent further harm”.
Of course his words are correct, and he was right to comment. But what else can you say?
The atmosphere in political discourse has become so toxic. The left blames Donald Trump for all of it, but who was it who smashed windows and started fires over the mere prospect of a conservative speaker appearing at UC Berkeley? Where do the violent “antifa” demonstrations come from? Who holds up a bloody severed head? It’s not “everyone,” that’s for sure.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]