Gunman Opens Fire at Congressional Baseball Team Practice in Virginia

WASHINGTON — Rep. Steve Scalise, a congressional staffer and members of the Capitol police force were shot Wednesday in Alexandria, Virginia, during Republicans’ early-morning practice ahead of a charity baseball game.

President Donald Trump said the alleged gunman had been killed. Federal law enforcement officials identified the alleged shooter as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois.

At least five people including Scalise were hospitalized. Scalise, the third ranking member of House Republican leadership as the majority whip,

Scalise was in critical condition after surgery, according to So Young Pak, spokeswoman for MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Scalise is out of his first surgery, according to a Scalise aide. It is not clear if he will have a second surgery. His wife Jennifer and their two young children are traveling up from New Orleans to Washington now to be with him.

A congressional staffer, Zach Barth, was also injured. Matt Mika, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods who sometimes practices with the team, was also identified as one of the victims. As of Wednesday afternoon, Mika was in surgery and in critical condition, according to a statement from his family.

House Speaker Paul Ryan also identified two members of the Capitol Police who were injured, Krystal Griner and David Bailey.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Mika was in surgery and in critical condition, according to a statement from his family.

Lawmakers who were there described a chaotic scene, with many members of the congressional GOP baseball team huddled in a dugout while Capitol police who were part of Scalise’s security detail and local Alexandria police engaged in a shoot-out with Hodgkinson. Congressional and law enforcement sources described it as a “deliberate attack.”

Later, House Republican and Democratic leaders called for unity and praised the police, while Trump in an address from the White House said that the prayers of the nation and world are with Scalise.

“Congressman Scalise is a friend, and a very good friend,” Trump said. “He’s a patriot. And he’s a fighter. He will recover from this assault — and Steve, I want you to know that you have the prayers not only of the entire city behind you, but of an entire nation, and frankly the entire world. America is praying for you and America is praying for all of the victims of this terrible shooting.”

Ryan condemned the shooting and praised the Capitol police on the House floor later Wednesday.

“We are united. We are united in our shock. We are united in our anguish. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us,” Ryan said, drawing a bipartisan standing ovation.

Members practicing for traditional baseball game

Members of Congress were practicing for a game that was scheduled for Thursday night at Nationals Park. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, said the game will still go on as scheduled. The annual game has been played since 1909, and McSally said lawmakers applauded the announcement at an all-members meeting.

In a statement, Texas Rep. Roger Williams, one of the team’s coaches, said one of his staff members, legislative correspondent Zack Barth, was shot during the incident and is receiving medical attention. Williams tweeted Barth was “receiving medical attention but is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery.”

The Capitol Police officers who were injured are “in good condition and have not suffered any life-threatening injuries at this point,” Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said at a news conference.

Lawmakers describe a terrifying scene

Lawmakers who spoke at the scene to reporters described a normal morning practice, at a field where they’ve practiced for years, when suddenly shots rang out. Lawmakers, staff members and even the young son of one of the members ran for cover, jumping into dugouts and over fences to avoid the gunshots.

Members described Scalise dragging himself roughly 15 yards away from second base, where he had been playing, and lying there until the shooter was neutralized, at which point some of them ran to assist him and apply pressure to the wound until he could be evacuated. Once they were able, Sen. Jeff Flake said he and Rep. Brad Wenstrup, who is a physician, went to where Scalise was lying to apply pressure to the wound. Scalise was coherent the whole time, Flake said.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul told CNN “it would have been a massacre” without the Capitol Hill Police officers present.

“Nobody would have survived without the Capitol Hill police,” Paul said on CNN. “It would have been a massacre without them.”

“We had nothing but baseball bats to fight back against a rifle with,” Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks said.

Flake added that he saw a member of Scalise’s security detail return fire on the gunman for what felt like 10 minutes, even though the police officer was wounded in the leg.

“Fifty (shots) would be an understatement, I’m quite sure,” Flake said when asked about the total amount of gunfire, including police returning fire.

Brooks said the shooter was behind the third base dugout and didn’t say anything.

“The gun was a semiautomatic,” Brooks said, adding that he was sure it was a rifle but unsure what kind. “It continued to fire at different people. You can imagine, all the people on the field scatter.”

Shooter identified

Hodgkinson’s Facebook page is largely political, his profile picture is a caricature of Bernie Sanders as Uncle Sam.

The Facebook feed is filled with anti-Trump sentiments such as “Trump is guilty and should go to prison for treason.”

He also “liked” a political cartoon that suggested Scalise should be fired. On March 22, he posted “Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.”

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said both in a statement and on the Senate floor that he had learned the shooter volunteered on his presidential campaign — and that he condemned the shooting “in the strongest possible terms.”

“I have just been informed that the alleged shooter at the Republican baseball practice is someone who apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign,” Sanders said.

“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,” he said. “Real change can only come about through nonviolent action, and anything else runs against our most deeply held American values.”

Capitol Hill increases security, cancels events

The news of the shooting reverberated on Capitol Hill, where security was increased and regular proceedings were canceled or postponed.

He also said he’d seen an image of members of the Democratic congressional baseball team huddled in prayer after learning of the shooting.

“Every day we come here to test and to challenge each other. We feel so deeply about the things that we fight for and the things that we believe in. At times, our emotions can clearly get the best of us. We are all imperfect. But we do not shed our humanity when we enter this chamber. For all the noise and all the fury, we are one family,” Ryan said.

The House decided to not hold any votes on legislation Wednesday, and many hearings were delayed. The House Natural Resources Federal Lands Subcommittee also canceled a scheduled meeting to debate gun legislation.

Capitol Hill Police notified congressional offices that the security presence on the Hill would be increased “out of an abundance of caution.”

Members of Congress targeted in the past by violence

Scalise is the first member of Congress to be shot since former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords in January 2011. Giffords was shot in the head by Jared Lee Loughner at a “Congress On Your Corner” event at a Tucson grocery store. Giffords, who authorities said was the main target of the shooting, survived the attack but six others were killed and an additional 12 were injured.

Loughner pleaded guilty in 2012 and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

This is a developing story.  Check back for updates.

144 comments

  • magicmikexxsm

    I’d like to thank CNN MSNBC, NBC,ABC, CBS, THE NYT, MSN ,HUFFPO, The Daily Beast, and all you other left wing news orgs. for fostering the hatred towards conservative, republicans, and the GOP….NOW that one of your left wing kooks tried to kill the GOP.. lefts face it, it’s because of the constant Trump bashing and vile hatred towards the GOP , and conservatives this happened, then you have to toss in the bullkrap people like Polsi, Jim Brown Maxine Waters, Mr Cummings, and a whole host of other left wing democrats foster and spew in congress and the senate………..
    Be proud of yourselves liberals, be very proud.

    • McCracken

      Riiight. By that same logic, all Catholics are child molesters because of the actions of some of their priests? If you’re going to sweepingly generalize an entire demographic, all you’re doing is showing the world how stupid you are. “Tis’ better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.”-Abraham Lincoln

  • Archie Beal

    My reasoning is this, rewrite the 2nd ammendment then that way there can and will be better control of the firearms. Secondly rewrite the 4th ammendment to search and seizure. That way anyone anywhere anytime can be searched for firearms and residences can be searched for illegal people and things affiliated with terrorism. I have nothing to hide. Come on in. Our society sure as he’ll can’t live by the way the Bill of rights are supposed to be. So it is time for a drastic change. I am sorry if you are not in favor. Too bad

    • magicmikexxsm

      wrong, the founding father got it right..nice try on your part to do away with the 2nd…..I think more baby’s die from abortions in this country then people of gun shots…

    • enough already

      Give it a rest already Archie. Neither amendment is going away or is going to be changed. I am not sorry if you are not in favor. Too bad. Don’t like it, move to a country that aligns more with your ideals – there are plenty of nice ones and we won’t miss your drivel.

    • Are you kidding!?!

      Spoken like a true party member, Comrade. You know, after the revolution, they get rid of the useful idiots, just sayin.

    • Hell Mr Gestopo

      Ah I see you are a fan of government abuse. Remove constitutional freedoms so the gov can round up people at will who don’t fit the agenda. That’s exactly what your kind of thinking leads to. They will decide to round up based on fake pretence.

  • Archie Beal

    The 2nd and 4th ammendment need to go. Immediately. Get rid of the firearms and violence will subside

    • Are you kidding!?!

      Yes. It’s worked so well for the UK. Next they will register the kitchen knives. The 4th Amendment also? Are you a closet Communist longing for a Police State? Sure looks like it from here.

      • enough already

        Actually it is illegal to carry a knife over 3″ in length on your person in the UK, and even then it can’t have a locking blade on it. How’s that law working out for them?

    • Scran-Tony

      What’s up d-bag.
      Pick a country with the laws that you find acceptable.
      Today ,after work, I will buy your ticket.

      • enough already

        No sense you picking up the entire expense, I’m in – and I’m sure quite a few others will help out. I’ll start the Go-Fund-Me page to deport Archie.

  • Archie Beal

    If this doesn’t open your eyes. Repeal and rewrite the 2nd ammendment. Firearms for the common person need to be banned. Gov’t needs to implement seizure of firearms and only allow law enforcement and military personnel to have them. Again this is a prime example to how society has evolved and is abusing the privilege. GET RID OF FIREARMS AND THE 2ND AMMENDMENT!

    • Kat

      EF you! This is why law abiding citizens should have guns! Protection from thugs! I will not be a victim!

      • lookback

        Too late, you already are a victim in your own mind, living a life of fear. Me big man, me have gun, me save the world, me hero, me ,me ,me.

    • Terry

      This gunman is evil. He alone is responsible for his actions.

      If you examine the evidence, far more lives are saved by firearms than are taken. A year so ago an elderly gentleman in Susquehanna County was able to shoot two men who broke into his home because he had a firearm. He is alive because of that firearm. Such cases do not get wide reporting but are far more common than the tragic attacks like the one that happened today.

      Want to clean up Chicago? Allow concealed carry and train all those who are willing how to use a firearm.

  • Are you kidding!?!

    ~ In 1863 a Democrat shot and killed Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States .

    ~ In 1881 a left wing radical Democrat shot James Garfield, President of the United States who later died from the wound.

    ~ In 1963 a radical left wing socialist shot and killed John F. Kennedy, President of the United States.

    ~ In 1975 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at Gerald Ford, President of the United States.

    ~ In 1983 a registered Democrat shot and wounded Ronald Reagan, President of the United States.

    ~ In 1984 James Hubert, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 22 people in a McDonalds restaurant.

    ~ In 1986 Patrick Sherrill, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 15 people in an Oklahoma post office.

    ~ In 1990 James Pough, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 10 people at a GMAC office.

    ~ In 1991 George Hennard, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 23 people in a Luby’s cafeteria.

    ~ In 1995 James Daniel Simpson, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 5 coworkers in a Texas laboratory.

    ~ In 1999 Larry Asbrook, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 8 people at a church service.

    ~ In 2001 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at the White House in a failed attempt to kill George W. Bush, President of the USA

    ~ In 2003 Douglas Williams, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people at a Lockheed Martin plant.

    ~ In 2007 a registered Democrat named Seung – Hui Cho, shot and killed 32 people in Virginia Tech.

    ~ In 2010 a mentally ill registered Democrat named Jared Lee Loughner, shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed 6 others.

    ~ In 2011 a registered Democrat named James Holmes, went into a movie theater and shot and killed 12 people.

    ~ In 2012 Andrew Engeldinger, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people in Minneapolis.

    ~ In 2013 a registered Democrat named Adam Lanza, shot and killed 26 people in a school.

    ~ As recently as Sept 2013, an angry Democrat shot 12 at a Navy ship yard.
    One could go on, but you get the point, even if the media does not. Clearly,
    there is a problem with Democrats and guns.

    Not one NRA member, Tea Party member, or any Republican conservatives were involved in these shootings and murders.”

    • Conroy

      50,000 BCE: a bear crapped in the woods somewhere.
      What’s your point? That Democrats have killed people? Do you think the list would be any shorter for Republicans?

      • Terry

        Yes, the list for such people not on the Left would be much shorter. But I’m willing to see what you come up with.
        Such views as his are far more common on the Left. We’ve seen in these past weeks a play in NYC about assassinating Trump where the Leftists in the audience actually get up to applaud. You just don’t have them on the right.

    • truck driver

      You absolutely right. You can look at all the past leftist comments on other articles to see who these people are, this was not a surprise.

    • TOMTOM

      Are You An Idiot???Yes you are. There are more Republicans in prison than democrats. And NASCAR.

    • lookback

      At least the dems are doing their part to make America great again, thanks for the recognition for their accomplishments , much appreciated.

    • lookback

      And right wing republican Timothy McVeigh killed over 260 people including women and children.

      • Silverfish Imperetrix

        McVeigh was anti-government militia. Left, right or anything in between. He didn’t want any part of the Feds, and the MSM painted him as right wing and tried to pin his motivations on Rush Limbaugh. Don’t peddle that bs to me. I remember.

  • tired old guy

    Soros must be ecstatic . He has been working and investing so much for so long and he is finally getting a return on some of his investments.

  • McCracken

    Have a little self respect. People were shot. If you’re already politicizing this, you’re part of the problem.

    • tired old guy

      When the shooter asks before he shoots whether they are Democrats or Republicans on the field and is answered “Republicans” and then opens fire, it becomes political.

      • McCracken

        Correct. However, how about focusing on the heroism of his protection detail? Or, maybe the health of those who were shot? That is my point. People just skip past those points and go right to assigning blame. It is shameful.

      • make up your mind - chinese or the russians?

        Moot points all around MCKRAKEN. Pushing a political agenda or expressing sympathy does nothing on a two-bit comments section on a small broadcasters website. Heroism? They were doing their job. Hey, that guy at Dunkin Donuts is a hero, he got my coffee AND a donut to me at the drive-through.

  • Brainwashed

    Feel the burn wasn’t that what Bernie Sanders fed his sheeplers remember you reap what you harvest FACT!!!

    • lookback

      No, he probably listened to Trump’s advice on “some second amendment remedies”. And the saying in America is you reap what you sow, maybe in Russia it is reap what you harvest.

    • McCracken

      C’mon, man. Remember when Gabby Giffords was shot? There are lunatics on both sides. It is always a shame when any innocent person is shot.

      • the left isn't right

        “Records show that Loughner was registered as an Independent and voted in 2006 and 2008, but not in 2010.” “Loughner described his political views prior to 2007, prior to his personality transformation, as “left wing, quite liberal” Nice try though…

      • McCracken

        You, literally, copied that from Wikipedia. What about the part from the same section that says, “The tone of Loughner’s online writings and videos, from immediately before the attack, were described by The Guardian as, “almost exclusively conservative and anti-government, with echoes of the populist campaigning of the Tea Party movement” You are a joke.

      • Silverfish Imperetrix

        The Guardian is a leftist Brit rag even by their standards. Their opines are worth nothing, except to other lefties.

    • Silverfish Imperetrix

      I’m really disappointed in Donald Fagen, hooking up with that loser Roger Waters. I imagine Fagen’s trying to get some PR now that Steely Dan is all but forgotten. Come to think of it, neither one has ever written a positive song in their whole careers. Misery loves company.

  • Just a girl

    This is about unhappy citizens. They’ve had it so now they are not only shooting each other and cops, they are shooting politians. What a country we live in, it’s jacked. Nothing fair about it. The whole country is stressed out. This can’t go on. Those aholes in Washington better start paying our bills, bring our jobs home, get rid of the illegals, fund healthcare and education, create term limits, tax the wealthy and redistribute the wealth. If they can’t do that, then what good are they?

    • McCracken

      Redistribute the wealth? No. Go out and get an education. Do your research; don’t get a Liberal Arts degree. It doesn’t have to be a Bachelor’s. Go to a community college, or trade school. Work hard, and differentiate yourself from others. Get 2 jobs when you’re starting out on your own, if you have to. The problem is, everyone wants a hand out. They refuse to accept personal responsibility for their own poor choices.

      • Just a girl

        Screw you. I have an education and I did work hard and I did have 2 jobs. Yeah I had 2 jobs before I went to school. 6am to 1:30 pm and then 3pm to. 11pm. Pure enslavement. And so are student loans. Another enslavement tool. That’s right, let’s redistribute the wealth. There is no reason for all the suffering and misery that people in this country are enduring. Let’s start w your money.

      • McCracken

        What is your degree in? Did you take advantage of community college, to get your associates, or a 2 year trade program?

      • Silverfish Imperetrix

        You weren’t educated…you were indoctrinated, you stinking jealous little commie. I have bad news for you, cupcake – if said wealth is ever redistributed, the blood of millions will have to be spilled to do it, and if you’re lucky enough to have survived the mess, useful little idiots such as yourself will be the first to be put to death by the new regime and THEY’LL HAVE KEPT THE WEALTH TO BOOT. The proletariat will have outlived its usefulness. Didn’t learn much in school, did you.

      • Just a girl

        Let me tell you something. This area has a half million people here. Scranton has 200 cops. I would bet they are outgunned. So when these mentally ill stressed out people start committing home invasions in green ridge, west mountain, east mountain and montage mtn you’ll be wishing for wealth distribution. It’s just a matter of time. That’s my prediction.

      • Just a girl

        Yes I did. I went to community college first. Then a 4 year college. I am fed up w this educational enslavement. I have a nephew and child who have enormous debt cause college is so expensive. When will these kids have a life? When they’re 40? When their life is half over? It’s unacceptable. All of it is unacceptable, we’ve been reduced to animals by our elected officials and these shootings are the fallout.

      • McCracken

        Join the military. Bam! Education paid for. See? There are solutions. People just don’t want to accept that they have made poor choices. If your son and nephew went into an in demand field, like nursing or IT, maybe they would not being having these issues. Can you, honestly, say that they manage their money well? Living conservatively, in order to pay down their student debt?

      • Just a girl

        These kids just got outta college. They are in demand industries. Petroleum engineering and physical therapy. You send your kids to the military to be shot at and see how that educational opportunity works out for them. I didn’t have a kid to be shot at. Did you?

      • Just a girl

        This country needs a civil war to level the playing field. Maybe then we can get problems solved fairly. Maybe then people will look at what’s fair and right. Everything is rigged now. We got social programs people don’t qualify for because there are so many if ands or buts. We got starving children. We got the whole city of Chicago trying annhilate each other. We got MS13 in the mix. We got fentaly being deliver in the mail from china. We got heroin and meth coming by the tons from Mexico and South America . We got people working full time jobs at the Waffle House for 9 bucks an hour. My question is….where is our govt in all this?

    • the left isn't right

      This is about crazy citizens. The whole country isn’t stressed out, just a few snowflakes. This will go on until those snowflakes get a grip. Pay your own bills, get a job (lots out there, you have to work though) pay for your own healthcare and education with your job, tax everyone equally. What good are you?

      • Just a girl

        I don’t know if that guy was crazy but he sure was pi$$ed. And he was a senior citizen to boot! Ha! How bout that? Healthcare is a right and so is education. Jobs? Yeah. Listen I’m not getting another job until after I start collecting my social security. Nope. I’m gonna wait another 7 years. In the meantime I’m gonna collect food stamps, Medicaid and live in subsidized housing. After I collect my social security for a year then I’ll go back to work. Cause you know the govt takes 50% of your earnings for the 1st year if you make more than 25k.

    • Are you kidding!?!

      America promised equal opportunity; not equal outcome. Communism promises equal outcome; equal misery for all, except the Communist running things.
      Good luck with your hope for your Communist Utopia.

  • Deez Nutz

    If they would have been working for the people at that time of the day, instead of playing baseball, maybe this wouldn’t have happened. Us regular people practice after work, on our own time.

    • the left isn't right

      When was the last time you raised $500,000 for charity? Who says they weren’t doing this during their off time or a recess?

  • Sam I Am

    This guy wanted to die, knowing that he would be out gunned.
    Better here than @ a school or mall with defenseless victims.

  • Stinky

    But the media and Hollywood have been encouraging this. Kathy Griffin mustn’t be thrilled. The democrats are such sweethearts

    • Silverfish Imperetrix

      Congratulations. You’ve just raised idiocy to an art form. You should be on display in a museum somewhere – somewhere stupid.

    • the left isn't right

      Just curious – how do you like your crow prepared? I’ll cook it just the way you like when they tell us he obtained the weapon illegally or shouldn’t have had it to begin with. Of course, when does anyone on the left think the laws of the land apply to them?

    • Lance

      Again you proved rhat darwin was wrong. You are proof that evolutuon can work backwards. Sincw you are obviously a knuckle dragging primate

  • Silverfish Imperetrix

    The “suspect” is being identified as James T. Hodgkinson from Belleville, Illinois. He’s an ardent Bernie Sanders supporter according to his facebook page. (Remember, communists are no more than socialists with guns.)

  • Really?

    Don’t you think if it was a Muslim or a liberal Trump would have been all over twitter like a cheap $lut…I mean, suit by now? If it doesn’t fit his narrative, we get “thoughts and prayers” of his, which you can wipe your arse with.

  • Catherine

    We don’t know who this guy is, or anything about him. Why would anyone assume he is a liberal? Liberals tend to not be gun owners. Maybe it is just someone who thinks Congess stinks. Wait and see before passing judgement, ok?

    • don't trust CNN

      What the biased Crescent News Network article fails to include is the fact that the shooter asked several people who was practicing at the moment – Reps or Dems. He heard Reps, and opened fire.

      • tired old guy

        That`s true. I read that also. This is a culmination of violent left wing liberal protests where protesters shove and hit people supporting Pres. Trump. Liberals are pure evil when they don`t get their own way. Just look at all that has happened post election that they lost. The hate has never been displayed more openly.

    • WarningFakeNews

      “liberals tend not to be gun owners”, Yeah, but- maybe he stole the gun or borrowed it…just sayin’

      • TOMTOM

        So is your grandfather. Get a real job, you loser, and keep your thoughts in your head. Not in your stupid comments. Go away.

    • JohnKimball

      James T. Hodgkinson. Trump hater and Bernie supporter/campaign worker. And if we didn’t know this, why would we assume he’s a liberal? Possibly, just maybe because of the overt hatred, lies and violent rhetoric coming from the “news” media ever since the election?

  • tired old guy

    If this does not convince you that liberals are evil, vile and violent people, nothing will.

    • lookback

      I agree, only trump is honest, caring, loving and Jesus couldn’t hold a candle to the greatness of trump and the rabid right wing minority GOP. All hail trump, he is our messiah and savior, forget about what that lefty liberal Jesus would do and ask yourself, what would Satan do, he would certainly join the Republican party and be welcomed with open arms.

    • Bob Moran

      “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” -Thomas Jefferson

    • Bob Moran

      “Why do we have a Second Amendment? It’s not to shoot deer. It’s to shoot at the government when it becomes tyrannical!” -Senator Rand Paul, June 23, 2016

  • Lance

    Again another attack. This time on the republican congressmen having a softball practice. Now how will the media spin this? Maybe blame the Trump administration colluding wuth Russia? Maybe it was all that coverage of iduots protesting our president with “not my president!” At the top of their lungs. Like a certain play using Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar to portray assassination of our president. When will this so called liberal bias be called into account? The media has proved that this will be glossed over within a day. Because we continue to have to focus on what we already know. Russian interference in our elections. We know that no one is disputing that. So lets not ignore what the left is inciting. Violence against our government!

    • lookback

      Shouldn’t we wait until the great orator of the right gives us his take, Alex Jones will surely inform us this must be a false flag operation and has something to do with pizza, won’t he say the GOP set the whole thing up so they can get some sympathy. Sorry just couldn’t resist, thought I would give the trump mindset a try for a change, hey ya know what, this feeling of trump ignorance does feel mildly enlightening, I can pretend it and anything I disagree with didn’t happen, oh I feel so free, free from reality, free from the truth, free to ruminate on things I have no information about, free, free set me free, oh thank you Mr. trump, it is an honor and privilege to have such an honorable, honest and dignified person to emulate, may all your supporters children grow up to be just like you.

      • scurfie

        Imagine what you could do if you used your superiority for good. OR if you tried to become enlightened instead of repeating the same old tired, liberal, MSM, talking points. But you won’t.

  • Doc

    Hopefully everyone is ok and this is never acceptable. But for once, these people get to experience what the thousands of innocent people involved in mass shootings have experienced at the hands of their loose gun laws. Luckily they get their own personal security detail. What about the 49 at the Pulse Nightclub? Or the 12 in Aurora Colorado? I don’t ever wish anything bad on anyone, but this is a direct result of the GOP’s stance on guns. It’s only fair they experience the nightmare that many others have.

    • Silverfish Imperetrix

      All that needs to be done is to get the guns out of the hands of the nutjob left. It’s always them doing the shooting.

      • JohnKimball

        Good point. If Democrats wanted gun control, they would start with their own constituencies (crazy lefties, inner cities and Is lamic terrorists). That would take care of just about 95% of the gun violence in the US. But their real goal is to disarm their political opponents, as has been the aim of leftists for the last century.

    • Are you kidding!?!

      but this is a direct result of the GOP’s stance on guns. It’s only fair they experience the nightmare that many others have.

      Are you mentally ill? The gun debate is long over. It’s a right. How about all of your rights being removed? Would you be willing to give up your rights because someone said you don’t need them? The left is responsible for this shooting because of the hatred they have been spewing since Trump was elected. If you are a lefty, you bear part of the blame.

      • Really?

        We all know that high powered rifles are just for hunting and self defense right? Isn’t that the party line? SEE, no harm, no foul could ever come from THAT!

    • Are you kidding!?!

      Pulse Nightclub…say it, say it…Islamic Terrorist. Aurora Co…say it, say it….deranged lefty on Rx psychotropics. Did they ban psychotropics, no. they blamed the intimate object. When a Drunk Driver kills someone, do they blame the car? No, they blame the driver. Like I said, mental illness. Unable to discern reality from self deluded fantasy.

    • what part of 'shall not be infringed' don't you understand?

      ‘loose gun laws’ – What loose laws? I would love to hear what loose law you think caused this, and what law would have prevented it. I’ll wait.

  • Bumper

    That you g lad from North Scuylkill that tried approaching the White House with a gun at it again??

    • NSFAN1989

      Ya I thinks that boy from Ashland was released back in to the wild. The lands of coal banks, mountain laurels and bath salts.

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