This morning a gunman walked up to a ball field just outside of Washington, DC where a group of Senators and Congressman were having an early morning practice for the annual charity Congressional game.
The gunman asked if the group was Republican or Democrat, and then pulled out a rifle and opened fire. The Illinois man, James Hodgkinson, had been highly critical of Republicans and had volunteered for Sen. Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. He hit one member of the Congressional leadership and three others, including Capital police before being shot himself and disarmed. The gunman later died of his injuries.
We need to concerned about the growing hatred in politics. In a democracy, there is no need for shooting to get your way. The only reason for violence is that you don’t believe in democracy and believe that you should have your way at any cost. Now may not be the time to talk about how to address the problem, but whatever the solution, shooting those you disagree with is not it and that should transcend any political boundaries.
And before we get the stories about the gunman was a ‘nice guy’, let’s just go ahead and say “no, he wasn’t’. He was the bottom part of society. Nice guys don’t shoot people who disagree with them, much less travel hundreds of miles to do it.