Steve Scalise, Republican congressman, shot at Virginia ballpark

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Steve Scalise, Republican congressman, shot at Virginia ballpark

Steve Scalise, Republican congressman, shot at Virginia ballpark

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Steve Scalise, the third highest-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, was among five people taken to hospital after a shooting at a baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., involving Republican politicians and officials.

Scalise's office released a statement indicating he was shot in the hip and underwent surgery.

"Prior to entering surgery, [Scalise] was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone. He is grateful for the brave actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues," the statement read.

The FBI is overseeing the investigation, as it involves crimes against federal officials, but officials were tight-lipped at a news conference.

Tim Slater of the FBI said it was too early to tell if anyone was targeted or if it was a random act.

 

 

bagkitty bagkitty's picture

His congressional web page points out that he has an A+ rating from the NRA. He is apparently proud of this and his agenda  seems to include relaxing restrictions on gun ownership and extending the "right" to carry.

Good time to remember Malcolm X's lesson on the behaviour of barnyard fowl. They do indeed come home to roost.

6079_Smith_W

Hopefully he will have a change of mind about it, and not provide a an even better comparison to barnyard fowl by saying this wouldn't have happened if everyone had guns, because he has a security detail.

Sean in Ottawa

I cannot miss the fact that injuries result in a need for healthcare. These republicans are working to restrict that while they make guns easier to get.

I would not wish that he, or anyone, would be shot but my sympathies are somewhat limited by the policies that make these matters worse he supported.

KeyStone

I believe this is what they call 'blaming the victim'.

When someone is the victim of a crime, we don't list reasons why he/she deserved it. 
Come on, people. You're better than this.

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

To be fair, if Scalese were complaining about the prohibitive cost of his medical treatment (after presumably supporting the dismantling of affordable health care in the U.S.) then it would be reasonable to point out that contradiction.

Personally, I didn't really think the "real" story was about health care costs, or even gun control.  What fascinated me was that the angry, violent, maladjusted middle-aged white male k00K who took matters (and guns) into his own hands "for 'Murrica" was NOT a Trump-o.

Sean in Ottawa

KeyStone wrote:

I believe this is what they call 'blaming the victim'.

When someone is the victim of a crime, we don't list reasons why he/she deserved it. 
Come on, people. You're better than this.

No it is not.

Nobody blamed the victim nor wished this on the victim.

The position of the victim being against anything that would reduce risk or allow for others less fortunate to have the same care does reduce sympathy.

We are not talking of an ordinary victim in the completely innocent sense of the word -- one who has no responsibility at all. We are talking about legislators who have had an influence over the circumstances and have chosen and supported policies that make this situation worse for everyone, even as their own privelege gives them protections and opportunities others do not have.

It is not unreasonable to recognize this. It is unrealstic and hypocritical not to.

When Conservatives put all at risk through their policies and reduce healthcare and then use healthcare that others will not get due to their votes, it is normal not to treat them as you would a completely blameless victim.

Again this is not the same as wishing it would happen to them, wanting it to happen to them or blaming them entirely for the event. Acknowledging their role in the risk and pointing to their privilege in mitigation is fair and not about blaming a victim.