The day no doubt started out like just about any other for most of the residence of D.C. and the surrounding areas. Republicans and Democrats alike all had agendas to push and to-do lists to get through. But for many all that came to a screeching halt, and life became all about survival when one lunatic decided to show off his political views by spraying a crowd with bullets.
The Republican team was at a park in Virginia when the first shots were fired. It’s estimated that somewhere between 50 and 100 bullets were fired, which sent those in range running, crawling and doing whatever they could to stay out of the way of the madman. Five of those at the park were wounded and sent to a local hospital, but this group of Republican baseball players wasn’t the only one that heard the shots.
In another baseball field in the very same park, Democrats were brushing up on their athletic skills as well when the gunfire erupted. These natural enemies realized immediately that today wasn’t the day to be splitting hairs about political views, this was life and death, and there was nothing they could do, but bow their heads and pray for relief; so they did.
Via Young Cons:
“After members of the Republican Congressional Baseball team were fired upon resulting in five victims, Democrats practicing in a nearby field broke in prayer hoping for the recovery of the victims.
Rep. Mo Brooks (R, AL) reported that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R, LA) was shot in the hip. He also reported that two Capitol Police officers on protective detail and unidentified Republican staffer were also shot.
In addition, Rep. Roger Williams (R, TX) was injured as he dived into the concrete dugout to escape the flying bullets.
But soon after the Capitol Police downed the shooter, Democrats broke in prayer when it was again safe, The Hill newspaper reported.”
There is a time and a place to dig in and take a stand against those who’s political beliefs that you disagree with, but when a madman is targeting those who don’t agree with him by shooting anyone and everyone in sight, that is not the time.
Via The Hill:
Democrats preparing for the Congressional Baseball Game on Wednesday prayed for their Republican colleagues after at least five people were shot at the GOP team’s practice.
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) told CNN that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), two Capitol Police officers on protective detail and unidentified staffers were shot.
Brooks said Scalise was shot in the hip and was “dragging his body” to get away from the shooter.
“My heart is heavy right now,” Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.) said on Twitter. “We just said a prayer for our colleagues and are holding to leave Dem baseball practice.”
Our Dem baseball team was practicing when we heard news. We're safe & with police, everyone praying for GOP colleagues, staff & Cap police
— Rep. Jared Huffman (@JaredHuffman) June 14, 2017
My heart is heavy right now. We just said a prayer for our colleagues and are holding to leave Dem baseball practice.
— Pete Aguilar (@aguilarpete) June 14, 2017
— Rep. Ruben J. Kihuen (@RepKihuen) June 14, 2017
At baseball practice, hearing about the unthinkable horrific news. Practice shut down. Dems join-in prayer for our R colleagues & those hit. https://t.co/FJVWDgMpF6
— Nanette D. Barragán (@RepBarragan) June 14, 2017
Thoughts and prayers w my Republican baseball friends this morning. Dem practice cancelled holding in dugout w security
— Jared Polis (@jaredpolis) June 14, 2017
When it’s your life, and the lives of your colleagues on the line, there’s not Republican and Democrat, there’s just a brotherhood of humans who need your help. It’s easy to forget that those who go to Washington are supposed to be working to make the world better. We get used to seeing them on our TV screens and they start to seem like caricatures of people, instead of real live people that somebody loves. Yes, they have great power and great responsibility, but they’re flesh and blood people, just like you and I.
As William Shakespear said: “If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison [or shoot] us do we not die?”
An attack like this affects not just the lives of those present, but everyone who has to take stock of their own safety. As people get crazier and crazier, the safety of those in office becomes more and more tenuous. It would be nice if we lived in a world where no one would ever dare to harm an elected official, but sadly that’s just not the case. Our political representatives are always going to be under a heightened state of alert because they represent not just themselves, but a whole party of people who believe similarly to them. Sadly there will be people who think that they might be able to make an example out of an individual and ward off others who would like to agree with him or her. This has no doubt struck fear in the families of every representative in the United States.
The President was obviously greatly affected by the events today and offered his thoughts and prayers to those who have been affected.
Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2017
Our respect for human life should always extend beyond our personal feelings about someone or their political affiliation. We disagree on many things, yes, but our disagreements should be based on what we think will make our country a better place to live in. By definition, if you’re removing people from the living category, you’ve digressed greatly from that aim. It’s great to see that there are Democrats and Republicans alike who still remember that.
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