Wednesday, June 14, 2017

"Without the Capitol Hill police it would have been a massacre,"

"Without the Capitol Hill police it would have been a massacre," were words reportedly spoken by Senator Rand Paul regarding the shooting of :Senator Steve Scalise who was wounded in the hip, an unknown number of congressional staffers and two U.S. Capitol Policemen (source). The shooting took place in Alexandria, VA near the end of practice for the annual congressional baseball game that is scheduled for later this month.

There is much reporting going on about it as I type but little real information being released. Right now they are saying that the shooter had been shot, possibly shot by one of Sen. Scalise's security detail from the U.S. Capitol Police. Senator Flake of AZ, reported that one of the security detail, an African-American male as he described him, had been shot in the leg but kept engaging the enemy and may have been the officer to bring him down (according to the video report, another witness said it was a female officer who brought down the bad guy). The shooter has reportedly died (cheers and much applause). Another congressman, Rep. Roger Williams, R-Tex, was also reportedly injured but from what I heard in a video Fox News report, he was injured diving into the dugout and was not shot.

Just before the shooting commenced, "Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., told Fox News he left just before the shooting. As he walked to his car, a man asked DeSantis if it was Republicans or Democrats practicing." The shooting started just a few minutes later. I am sure, like me, the world is wondering about who was the shooter, what were his motives and if he was the guy who asked that question. Not jumping to conclusions but it is seeming to me that the shooter was probably either a leftist who took Hillary Clintons advice to resist and who did s violently. That is just conjecture on my part it is not my conclusion. Of course, the shooter could have been a conservative who was sick and tired of the Republicans dragging their feet; he also could have been an Islamic extremist or some other sort of crazy. There is too little information being released to arrive at any sort of a conclusion.

I will comment on Senator Paul's statement that it would have been a massacre had the U.S. Capitol Police not been present. Yes it could have been and probably would have been a massacre as many of the congressmen and others present took shelter in one of the two dugouts while the shooter was reportedly firing from the other and or from the field. Folks, the great majority of us do not have the luxury of being able to afford an armed security detail to protect us and had that happened at a local little league practice it is likely many more people would have been shot. That is just another reason for you to go legally armed wherever you go and all the restrictions on going armed all the more reason to pressure congress to pass pro RKBA legislation.

All the best,
Glenn B

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