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  • Liberal Democrat
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    The Huffington Post and other news sources are reporting on another shooting, but this time the target was Congressional Republican lawmakers and staff practicing for the annual baseball game.

    "Multiple were fired on a group of Republican lawmakers in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday morning and witnesses say that several people were hit.

    "Among those who were shot was House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), who was there with others practicing for a congressional baseball game. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Al.) told reporters that he used his belt as a tourniquet to stop Scalise’s bleeding. Scalise’s injuries were not life-threatening, ABC and NBC reported.

    "Alexandria Police said the shooter is in custody and that victims were being transported to nearby hospitals."

    Story is developing...

  • Independent
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    Too bad Trump does not play baseball.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    The tragedy of events like this and the Gabby Gifford shooting is that it can be intimidating to good people who might be contemplating a career in politics by running for office. As crazy as some people are about their political and religious beliefs, it doesn't take much to set someone with a gun off on a rampage. Elected officials outside of those in line for the presidency do not have Secret Service protection.

  • Independent
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    No Schmidt you should not compare that with the Gifford shooting. Sorry to say the Republicans asked for this to happen. They sow hate and discrimination and don't give a shit about dying or sick people; only their "wallet" counts. On top of that having an Nazi as Bannon in the White House who is allowed to spread even more Nazi like filth makes decent people madder than hell. The more I see of these Republicans who show their "loyalty" to the "mob" boss, the more I have to puke.

    I can imagine that some people (including me) are totally fed up with these idiots. I'm amazed it took this long before someone got shot.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    NRA: those playing baseball should have armed themselves while on the field, so they could have defended themselves.
  • Liberal
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    Too bad the guy was such a poor shot!
  • Liberal Democrat
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    pr Wrote: Too bad the guy was such a poor shot!

    Was probably a democrat with a new gun.

    Shootist dies in custody, must have taken a suicide pill before capture.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    I don't wish harm on any elected official. We all have differences of opinion on issues, but the rhetoric has become too heated on both sides. Much like diplomacy over war, our elected leaders should sit down with each other more and work things out. Compromise is okay.

    Anger and hate doesn't solve anything.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Schmidt Wrote: I don't wish harm on any elected official. We all have differences of opinion on issues, but the rhetoric has become too heated on both sides. Much like diplomacy over war, our elected leaders should sit down with each other more and work things out. Compromise is okay.

    Anger and hate doesn't solve anything.

    I couldn't have said this better myself.
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    I don't wish harm on any elected official. We all have differences of opinion on issues, but the rhetoric has become too heated on both sides. Much like diplomacy over war, our elected leaders should sit down with each other more and work things out. Compromise is okay.

    Anger and hate doesn't solve anything.

    Schmidt you act like any real American! Sorry there is no "compromise" ; and you can't have any "compromise" with an bunch of crooks let by the "mob". Do you really think an Ryan or McConnell or an Sessions "compromise" ever??? Are you that NAIVE?; "compromise" is impossible unless you are LOYAL to Trump and "butt crawl"; so only the GOP gets its way with its corrupt leader. The way things are going, the word "compromise" is actually replaced by the words: "being screwed over" How will the Dem's "compromise", if your are dictated by the "majority? The Dem's should have thought of that before the election; they had 8 years to change the stupid Constitution election rules and gun laws. Obama may as well never existed because all what he did has been eradicated by the "mob". You call that "compromise?? Hallejuja!!

    Again all of this is an self inflicted wound.!!

  • Center Left
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    I hope to get details on the evening news. Checking my phone earlier Allowed me to read that R's are saying it was a liberal. That's synonymous with "bad person / not like us" isn't it. As pr said, shame they weren't a better shot.

    Dutch is correct again. Compromise is a good idea but R's have never tried it so it's a foreign concept at best. There I go again. Foreign = bad.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Dutch -- I will respectfully disagree. Sure the Republicans are hard to deal with...ruthless is the word I often ascribe to them. That term mainly pertains to the Republican operatives and big donors like the Koch machine. However, Republicans as a whole are human like everyone else and can bend (compromise) on issues with pressure from their constituents.

    The eight years of the Obama administration were good ones for Democrats, even with the losses in the mid term elections of 2010 and 2014. We didn't get everything we wanted, but anyone who thinks Obama was a failure needs to do their homework.

    Changing the Constitution is not something that any president or Congress can just do. Our Constitution has it's pluses and minuses, but a hell of a lot more pluses. I think it has served us well, except for the electoral college. That could certainly change, I'll grant you that. And we need more specificity as to gun ownership. I do not believe the framers of the Constitution had in mind the gun cult that has taken over any kind of common sense administration of the 2nd Amendment.

    I think our overall problem as a democracy is that we have become too complacent and unappreciative of the society that we do have. For those of us who have lived and traveled in other countries we can better appreciate what we have in America. Yes it is not perfect. As Obama says, we continually strive for a more perfect union, but change is always upon us. We have to continually change and adapt to a global market place and be more accepting and tolerant of other worldviews as the world shrinks.

    Our biggest problem is ignorance and apathy about basic government. I personally hate all the anti-government rhetoric, and the "throw all the bums out of office" mentality. By voting and electing the right leaders, we can make the government work better for all of us. On the other hand, if it means that the 45 percent or so of the voter eligible population sits on the sidelines during elections, especially the midterms, then we can never be a government of all the people.

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    Dutch Wrote: Schmidt you act like any real American! Sorry there is no "compromise" ; and you can't have any "compromise" with an bunch of crooks let by the "mob". Do you really think an Ryan or McConnell or an Sessions "compromise" ever??? Are you that NAIVE?; "compromise" is impossible unless you are LOYAL to Trump and "butt crawl"; so only the GOP gets its way with its corrupt leader. The way things are going, the word "compromise" is actually replaced by the words: "being screwed over" How will the Dem's "compromise", if your are dictated by the "majority? The Dem's should have thought of that before the election; they had 8 years to change the stupid Constitution election rules and gun laws. Obama may as well never existed because all what he did has been eradicated by the "mob". You call that "compromise?? Hallejuja!!

    Again all of this is an self inflicted wound.!!

    This is the type of talk that will push us over a cliff as a country.

    There is a massive difference between disagreeing vehemently with Republicans and saying that people practicing for a charity baseball game deserved to get shot because they "asked for it to happen."

    The answer to right-wing terrorism isn't left-wing terrorism.

  • Liberal
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    Dutch is 100% correct!

    We live in another world than the one we lived in growing up. At least in the 60's & 70's Republicans were both liberal and conservative (as the Dems were). Today's Republicans are nothing more than Tea Party thugs that have taken over the Republican Party. They have no morals, worship the 1% and are destroying the country. They have no desire to help or support their constituents only the 1%.

    Anyone who believes Republicans will change their direction and all of a sudden become "good citizens" without being forced to has a big surprise in store for them.

    Violence and hate against the 99% by the right wing Republicans will only end when the public fights back because people like this only respect violence. It's sad but true and thus is only the beginning I fear.

    Marie Antoinette found out what happens when you make people "eat cake" and the Republicans are going to start learning the same lesson soon if they don't wake up and start doing the job they were elected to do.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Schmidt Wrote: Changing the Constitution is not something that any president or Congress can just do. Our Constitution has it's pluses and minuses, but a hell of a lot more pluses. I think it has served us well, except for the electoral college. That could certainly change, I'll grant you that. And we need more specificity as to gun ownership. I do not believe the framers of the Constitution had in mind the gun cult that has taken over any kind of common sense administration of the 2nd Amendment.

    Thank you!

    Far too many people in this country need a civics lesson. The President is not a king and the Constitution can't be changed with the waive of a wand.