On June 14th a crazed gunman opened fired on a group of Republican Congressmen who were practicing for the upcoming Congressional Baseball Game.
The perpetrator, James T. Hodgkinson, is a 66-year-old unemployed asshole who was living in a van down by the river. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others were wounded.
Republican and Democrats condemned the shooting and promised to end the bitter partisan language that has become commonplace in American politics.
Here is the transcript of Paul Ryan's speech in the House of Representatives:
My colleagues, there are very strong emotions throughout this House today. We are all horrified by this dreadful attack on our friends and on our colleagues, and those who serve and protect this Capitol.
We are all praying for those who were attacked and for their families — Steve Scalise, Zachary Barth, Matt Mika, special agent David Bailey, special agent Krystal Griner. We are all giving our thoughts to those currently being treated for their injuries at this moment.
And we are united. We are united in our shock. We are united in our anguish. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.
I know we want to give our thanks to the first responders and the Alexandria Police Department, who were on the scene in minutes. And I know this House wants to state unequivocally that we are, as ever, awed by the tremendous bravery of the Capitol Police.
I spoke with Special Agent Bailey and Special Agent Griner this morning. I expressed our profound gratitude to them. It is clear to me, based on eyewitness accounts, that without these heroes, Agents Bailey and Griner, many lives would have been lost.
I know we all want to learn as much as we can about what happened. We just received a briefing from the Sergeant at Arms. I have complete confidence in the investigation that is being conducted by the Capitol Police working with local law enforcement. I know we want to extend our gratitude for the outpouring of support we have received from throughout the Capitol and from throughout the country.
Now, knowing Steve Scalise as we all do, he is likely really frustrated that he will not be able to play in the baseball game. I also know that Steve wants all of us to commend the bravery of those who came to the aid of the wounded. In the coming days, we will hear their stories, and we will have the chance to hold up their heroism.
My colleagues, there are many memories from this day we will want to forget, and many images we will not want to see again. But there is one image in particular that this House should keep. And that is a photo I saw of our Democratic colleagues gathered in prayer this morning after hearing the news.
You know, every day, we come here to test and challenge each other. We feel so deeply about the things we fight for and believe in. At times, our emotions can get the best of us. We are all imperfect. But we do not shed our humanity when we enter this chamber.
For all the noise and fury, we are one family. These were our brothers and sisters in the line of fire. These were our brothers and sisters who ran into danger and saved countless lives.
So before this House returns to its business, I want us to slow down and reflect, to think about how we are being tested right now. Because we are. I ask each of you to join me in resolving to come together...to lift each other up...and to show the country — show the world — that we are one House. The people's House — united in our humanity.
It is that humanity which will win the day. It always will.
God bless. I yield.
The politicians seemed to be united in their determination to avoid using this incident for political purposes (except for Steve King who always blames shit on Obama).
Butt now, less than a week later, because of a special election in Georgia, the tragedy is being used in a VERY partisan way.
Some Republicans have decided that the tragedy in Alexandria is a political weapon that they can use to shoot down the chances of Democrats who run for office. Here's the ad they're running (on Fox, of course) in Georgia:
Republikkkan ad blames Democrat Jon Ossoff for the shooting in Alexandria.
At least one local Republican official interpreted last week's shooting as a potential positive for Handel's candidacy. Brad Carver, the chair of the Republican Party in Georgia's 11th congressional district, said Saturday he thinks "the shooting is going to win this election for us," according to The Washington Post.
“Because moderates and independents in this district are tired of left-wing extremism," Carver added.