I turned on the news in the car this morning and heard about the shooting at a "Congressional baseball practice", in which some of the Republican caucus go play ball with each other. A man with a rifle shot at them, hitting several. It was only because Majority Whip Scalise has a security detail that there were Capitol Police there to respond.
What the hell.....
Initial descriptions suggest the shooter was a middle aged white man.
Our discourse has become so heated, so vile, that an over-wrought citizen take a too-easy to obtain weapon and fire a murderous volley at Congressional representatives.
There is nothing that justifies this. Nothing. No matter how angry the man was, nothing.
Was this someone on the left, angry at the Congress? I hope not. Violence is never an answer. But what could have driven this? Perhaps he was facing loss of his medical insurance, one of the 20million who will be a sacrificial victim at the tax-cut altar. Perhaps he was helpless in the face of job losses and opioid addiction. Perhaps he was simply insane.
But the aftermath will be the usual thing. The voices on the extreme right will rise in anger against the liberals. The extreme left will use inflammatory language as well. The divide hardens, and we become further disunited.
But let us be clear: violence is wrong, and violence against political figures is the antithesis of our democracy. Throw the book at this guy. We don't do this.
Update: the shooter was killed. He was a progressive, a Sanders supporter, with a history of anger-issues. Cue the usual responses.