There was yet another shooting this morning. But it wasn’t the Vibrant Diversity this time, but one of its enablers:
This morning’s Alexandria, VA shooter has been identified as 66-year-old, never-Trumper and Bernie Sanders supporter James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill., according to law enforcement officials. As we reported earlier this morning, Hodgkinson allegedly asked Rep. Jeff Duncan whether it was Republicans or Democrats on the practice field before opening fire.
This is a big development, a serious escalation in the cultural cold war:
Michigan Rep. Mike Bishop tells WWJ Newsradio 950 he was attending the practice around 5:30 a.m., just outside of Alexandria, when shots rang out. He said he and his colleagues were “sitting ducks.”
“As we were standing here this morning, a gunman walked up to the fence line and just began to shoot. I was standing at home plate and he was in the third base line,” Bishop said. “He had a rifle that was clearly meant for the job of taking people out, multiple casualties, and he had several rounds and magazines that he kept unloading and reloading.”
More than 50 shots were fired, according to CBS News, with some accounts putting the number closer to 100. Four people were injured, including two Capitol Hill police officers and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. The suspect was also shot.
“The only reason why any of us walked out of this thing, by the grace of God, one of the folks here had a weapon to fire back and give us a moment to find cover. We were inside the backstop and if we didn’t have that cover by a brave person who stood up and took a shot themselves, we would not have gotten out of there and every one of us would have been hit — every single one of us,” said Bishop. “He was coming around the fence line and he was looking for all of us who had found cover in different spots. But if we didn’t have return fire right there, he would have come up to each one of us and shot us point-blank.”
All the details from this story are mostly already known:
Shortly after the shooting this morning at a congressional baseball practice, Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) said that it appeared the “gunman was there to kill as many Republican members as possible.” Walker, who was at the practice for the upcoming annual congressional baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia, confirmed he was “shaken but okay.”
More than anything, this story highlights the level to which this country has split along ideological seams. Many on the Right scoff at the idea of Lefties winning in any sort of road war scenario. Attacks like this should serve as a wake-up call.
According to The Week, restaurant owner Charles Orear knows Hodgkinson through work they did together in Iowa on Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. Orear described Hodgkinson as “more on the really progressive side of things,” as well as being “a quiet guy” and “very mellow, very reserved.”
While police have refused to confirm whether the attack was politically motivated, Hodgkinson’s Facebook page seems to indicate he was a Bernie fan and didn’t particularly care for Donald Trump, to put it mildly.
Most surprisingly, the shooter adopted a lone wolf strategy which is more common to right-wing white men. And as for the shooter, well:
President Trump has just confirmed that Hodgkinson has died from wounds incurred
during his shootout with the Capitol Police this morning.
Of course, the media is to blame for this attack. They have created a veritable witch hunt against the president by labeling him as the Amalech of our generation.
They have reached levels of tin-foil that put Alex Jones to shame. And they have provided the ideological justification for for the crazies to start lashing out. And some do more than just violently lash out at those nearest to them.
And the Left, never letting a good crisis go to waste, have trotted out their old gun control narrative again:
Meanwhile, after Virginia Governor, and 2020 hopeful, Terry McAuliffe used this morning’s tragedy to call for more gun controls we would note that it’s somewhat ironic that Hodgkinson hailed from the great state of Illinois which has perhaps the strictest gun laws in the entire country.
The media MUST be taken to task for this event. They created the hysteria that led to this attack and now have the blood of their political rivals on their hands. The Lying Media has now become the Murdering Media, the Terrorist Media or White Al-Jazeera, if you prefer. We must hold them to task, and put the tragedy squarely at their door.
Are you listening, President Trump? Don’t let this terror attack go. Summon all your righteous fury and unleash it on the media and do it quick.