To quote John Lennon, I read the news today, oh boy.....
A gunman attacked a group of Republican Congressmen today while these Congressmen were practicing for the annual congressional baseball game. From the reports that I'm reading, if not for the bravery of Capitol Hill policemen and policewomen it is likely that the shooter would have killed everyone present. Two members of the police, a man and a woman, were injured during the attack. I saw a report that the gunman died, thankfully (as far as I know) no one else has. At least five people were injured, including Steve Scalise, the Republican House Whip. He is in surgery as I write this.
From the reports coming through the gunman supported Bernie Sanders in the last election. He reportedly wrote several anti-Republican messages on his Facebook page and also opposed the nomination of Hilary Clinton.
I struggle to put words together regarding this, though I think I need to. This senseless act reminds me of how far things have gotten for both sides. It also reminds me that violence never solves anything, it only leads to escalation and a desire for revenge. What will come from this, I wonder? Is there someone like this individual who believed the way to solve political problems was by shooting people he didn't know, but thinks the gun is best aimed at Democrats? Is this what we've degenerated to?
I'm a liberal, always have been. But, I like to think of myself as a thoughtful one that's driven by common sense. I don't sweat the small stuff, to me equal rights and making sure that those who can vote have the opportunity is my focus. I think liberals (like many conservatives) go too far in pushing things this country is not ready for. I oppose them, just like I oppose those on the right that go too far pushing their agenda. I didn't mind that people protested Trump's win, my main focus was keep it peaceful. There were plans by Trump supporters to do the same if Clinton won, I would've supported them as well.
But, now things have gotten nasty and downright dangerous, even life-threatening. Is this the tip of the downward spiral? Are we just now seeing the beginnings of increasing acts of violence, of our political leaders lives at risk along with civilians? I hope not. I wish those who were hurt well, them and their families. I hope they have a speedy recovery.
One other sad note:
I wondered why security wasn't better. I was told that the protocol is to treat congressional members as ordinary citizens when they are out on activities like this. It saddens me that those days are coming to an end.