Democrats and Republicans of the U.S. Congress field baseball teams to raise money for charity. At a time when the Republicans had the field, for
their practice, a Democrat opened fire with an automatic rifle, followed by use of a pistol. He shot several people, two of whom were critical when I
last checked. Security/police shot the attacker, and he died.
If the number-three Republican leader in the House had not been there with his security detail, it could have been a bloodbath. Ordinary members of Congress without a leadership rank do not get personal government protection.
People on the sports field were quite vulnerable. There is no cover from gunfire. And, people who usually carry a gun would not do so in their practice clothes (no one wants a bad pitch to hit a gun, or to slide with a gun on the side of your leg).
Fortunately, one of our Republican military heroes who had served in a war zone medical situation was present to help with urgent care.
I have been reading tweets from jubilant Republican-haters who think the Republicans deserved whatever harm came their way.
One CNN link mentions the idea that congressmen should be permitted to carry a firearm. I wonder--does this mean there is presently a prohibition against it? Or, does it suggest that Congressmen should be able to carry one, without going through local requirements?
Labeling the shooter a democrat as in a card carrying member of the Democratic Party is ludicrous. He represents no one but himself, as in lone wolf.
It's one thing to be a zealot re one's political philosophy, but to then take that to the level of becoming a self appointed assassin in broad
daylight (where the odds of being caught, etc., are 100%) speaks to some sort of a deeply disturbed person filled with hatred/self-loathing that's
been inside of him for quite some time.
It strikes me that all these various assassins rarely seek psychiatric help when the first impulses arise in them to commit murder. They must be in really deep denial that they have not become who they really are re trying to keep those impulses under control and using psychoactive medication to accomplish that.
What struck me about about the shooter, as a Democrat, is that he actually worked as a volunteer in the Bernie Sanders campaign and was an active
voice on that side.
Bernie reacted immediately to denounce and condemn any such acts of violence. I think Sanders is an honorable, honest, sincere person, the direct opposite of Hillary Clinton in character.
Of course, no one would have been shot had gun ownership been way more difficult.
Now now, it's not as if a trigger happy, gun-owning American has ever happened before...No wait...
Actually, if gun ownership were less common, then gun crime also becomes less common. A Criminal who is looking to rob a store may not feel the need
to shoot the owner if he is less likely to be shot for looking sideways. You also don't have someone who is having a bad hair day suddenly deciding
that "today would be a good day to die" and take out a classroom or six with him. Of course criminals who want to get illegal weapons will still get
them. However, if they think that they might get shot in their crime, they are more likely to use them. Strangely enough, criminals do have guns here,
yet I still feel safe walking down the main street of downtown without the thought that I might get mugged and shot in the process.
A quick google produced this result
I miss RW.
Criminals are not that "rational", scholar. They think more along the lines of I won't get caught and if I might get shot, then I'd best be prepared.
And, yes, Mary, I miss RW too.
Has RW gone from KF?
I see him on Facebook so I guess I hadn't noticed he was missing from KF.
I see him on FB too. I think the Red/Blue scenario got him down and Trump getting in must have been hard to take.
The problem, Nim, is that there is no such thing a "common" sense. In fact it seems to be really Uncommon.