Puncture? I think this is one of those.

This story is not, as far as I can tell, a joke, but who knows? Half the stuff I read online is a complete lie, a partial lie, something that once held some truth but no longer does. I haven’t seen this story anywhere but in “The Daily Beast.” Who are usually moderately accurate, with occasional wild distortions. I’m pretty sure, though, that you could call this one “puncture,” one way or the other.

Gunman Attacks Congressmen; ‘He Was Looking for All of Us’

Steve Scalise, the No. 3 House Republican, was shot with several others when a gunman opened fire at a congressional baseball practice early this morning.


Hoax?  Maybe I should point out, per the NRA, that “it’s not guns that kill people. It’s people that kill people.” I can’t seem to bring myself to do that, so I’ll just quote from the published article.

A person, with an M-1 gun, tried to kill a bunch of U.S. reps in a small suburban ball park where they practice in the morning.

Rep. Mike Bishop was standing at home plate when the gunfire began.

“As we were standing here this morning, a gunman walked up to the fence line and just began to shoot,” Bishop told Detroit’s WWJ radio. “I was standing at home plate and he was in the third base line. 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.”

Bishop said the gunman was clearly targeting lawmakers.

“He was coming around the fence line and he was looking for all of us who had found cover in different spots,” he said. “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.”

One of the congressman’s security detail returned fire and everyone survived, though five are in the hospital

Curbelo said he would be open to the idea of providing a security detail for members of Congress who gather off of Capitol ground for events like the baseball practice.

“We ought to consider trying to provide some protection, because that’s obviously a rich target for anyone seeking to kill or in any way threaten lawmakers,” he added.

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It’s a whole different ball game (pun intended) when the shooter is shooting at the lawmakers. I believe the shooter, as he was dragged away was mumbling that he wanted to “get them all.”

Scalise’s office released a statement saying he spoke to his wife before entering surgery.

“We ask that you keep the Whip and others harmed in this incident in your thoughts and prayers,” his office said.

I sure am doing exactly that. You never know. The incident might have knocked some sense into their heads. It’s a thought.

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21 replies

  1. Baseball park in Virginia, UPS delivery service in San Fran (4 dead) … How many mass shootings does that make since Trump got in? Chances of him making Americans safer from Americans? Zero! 😦

    But hey – lets keep all those dangerous immigrants out, huh?

    Good luck all!



  2. I have actually set at a table and spoken to a man who could not get out of bed after the election of our new President. I have spoken to older seemingly mild-mannered people who would explode with expletives about the result of the election. A lot of the American people were not happy. And it seems no one was really listening. Hopefully they (those who govern) will listen now and hear and stop contributing to the chaos via the television screen.


  3. What disturbs me most is the immediate suggestion that ‘a security detail’ is the answer. More guns, not fewer. I can’t – and don’t want to – imagine having to live like that.

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  4. You and I are old enough to remember when people use to talk through their differences. Remember those days when you would talk, and I would listen? Now, we just shoot each other. I’m just saying in general, regardless of the topic, we just whip out a gun and kill the other person if we don’t agree with their philosophies. And, I don’t see it changing any time soon. 🙂


    • I’m not even surprised this happened. They should consider themselves lucky the guy wasn’t a better shot.

      Talk? how can we talk when no one tells the truth and half the time, I’m not even sure what the truth really IS. There’s so much “spin” and PR and slithering around … well. We aren’t creating an environment likely to make people discuss their differences. I can’t believe things are really this bad.


  5. There will be political spin.


  6. It was on our news too.


  7. Every able bodied man has a rifle at home in Switzerland because every able bodied man is a soldier. My son had one at home but gave it back when he was finished with his years of being a 3 week a year soldier, but you can keep the rifle if you want to. It is amazing that not more such things happen here.


    • Israel too, because everyone was a soldier. But they didn’t use them as personal weapons They were stored safely until the next call up to the army. I think you also had to give them back.

      Very different than anybody being able to buy a gun for any reason or no reason.


  8. This was a terrible shock this morning! I hope this will cause people to stand up and take notice!


    • Stand up and take notice … but of what? That we need to control the guns? That our congressmen are out of control and should rethink their positions? That the combination of a bad leader, hate, violence and guns tends to work out poorly? There are so many “stand up and take notice” messages. These are the same guys who are always claiming other shootings were hoaxes. Do they think this was a hoax, too?


      • I doubt Congressmen will consider this a hoax — but perhaps it will make them think about the dangers of guns in this country, about the other messages as you mentioned above. Fear, concern, whatever it is can be a strong motivator, and this hit home today!


  9. A distraught, veteran pitcher — just received his unconditional release. He’s lost his fastball and can’t turn his life around.


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