Congressman Steve Scalise of Louisiana was the first to be shot by a gunman hunting Republican members of Congress.
Normal members of Congress do not receive protection from assigned police or Secret Service. Steve Scalise has such protection because he is in a leader role as Republican Majority Whip. He was the only member of Congress at the practice game who has the protection of Capitol Police. If he had not been there, then the Capitol Police would not have been there, and so the gunman would likely have shot and killed 15 to 25 unarmed people, might not have been stopped – killed or captured.
Two officers of the Capitol Police were also wounded as they engaged the gunman and defended the members of Congress and other people attending the practice game – morning of Wednesday June 14.
At the time of this writing, Scalise is in critical condition and undergoing a third operation to repair the damage and save his life.
The gunman was shot and killed by one of the Capitol Police officers.
This is not the first time an unarmed and unprotected member of Congress has been attacked. It has been reported that the cost to protect all of them is to much and otherwise not practical. That’s not likely to change. However, as far left liberal Democrats wasted no time jumping on this incident as a gun issue, at least one of the Republican members attending the practice has stated he will get a license and training to carry his own gun for protection in the future.
Criminals and terrorists tend to seek out vulnerable people to be their victims. If all of the participating members of Congress had carried guns that day – and been known to do so, instead of baseball bats as only possible protection, then the gunman might not have proceeded with his attack. Otherwise, if all members of Congress could have armed security protection, then the attack might not have happened.
As is, the Capitol Police officers did their jobs well above and beyond the call of duty, having continued the fight after being wounded. It was like a war zone, a battlefield. This time the good guys won – no fatalities if Scalise survives his wound and operations. The bad guy is dead. Even better, we did not lose 22 members of Congress who could have been killed during the attack if it were not for Capitol Police officers being there to protect Scalise.
From The Hill…
- A number of GOP aides, lawmakers and senators were present at the shooting. Here is a list of the GOP lawmakers who we know were on the scene. Some lawmakers were at the practice but left before the shooting. This list will be updated as information comes in.
- Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.)
- Sen. Jeff Flake (Ariz.)
- House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (La.)
- Rep. Mo Brooks (Ala.)
- Rep. Brad Wenstrup (Ohio)
- Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (Tenn.)
- Rep. Gary Palmer (Ala.)
- Rep. Mike Bishop (Mich.)
- Rep. Ron DeSantis (Fla.)
- Rep. Jeff Duncan (S.C.)
- Rep. Joe Barton (Texas)
- Rep. Roger Williams (Texas)
- Rep. Mark Walker (N.C.)
- Rep. Tom Rooney (Fla.)
- Rep. Rodney Davis (Ill.)
- Rep. Bill Johnson (Ohio)
- Rep. Barry Loudermilk (Ga.)
- Rep. John Moolenaar (Mich.)
- Rep. Steve Pearce (N.M.)
- Rep. Kevin Brady (Texas)
- Rep. Mike Conaway (Texas)
- Rep. Trent Kelly (Miss.)
All of those listed could easily have been killed by the gunman with a fully automatic rifle and a handgun plus plenty of ammunition, before normal police could have arrived in response to 911 calls.
Most recent update Thursday morning 14 June 2017 by Medstar Washington Hospital Center: “”Congressman Steve Scalise sustained a single rifle shot to the left hip. The bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding. He was transported in shock to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a Level I Trauma Center. He underwent immediate surgery, and an additional procedure to stop bleeding. He has received multiple units of blood transfusion. His condition is critical, and he will require additional operations. We will provide periodic updates.” President Trump on Scalise’s condition: “He’s in some trouble.” Many people are praying for him to live, and for a swift recovery – but likely to be a very long recovery process.
Editorial Article by Jim Lantern in Norman Oklahoma USA
12:30pm CT Thursday – 15 June 2017