Acts of Good Follow a Tragic Day on the Baseball Field
'Heroism endures,' says a Republican senator, as the president reminds everyone that 'America is praying'
Light will always find a way to shine through darkness.
The people and politicians of Capitol Hill and beyond have been moving forward after a tragic shooting on Wednesday at a baseball practice for GOP members of Congress. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) was among those hit by gunfire.
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“Events like [this] remind us that there is evil in the world, but they also remind us that there is good,” Sen. John Thune, Republican from South Dakota, said Wednesday on the Senate floor. “Around every act of evil and violence, one hundred acts of good spring up.”
Since 1909, members of the House and Senate square off by party in an annual baseball game for charity. While party lines may separate the teams, the game is bipartisan fun that takes place in the nation’s politically heated seat of power.
Thoughts and prayers from around the nation have gone out to the injured victims and families of those targeted by violence during a morning baseball practice.
A lone gunman opened fire in Alexandria, Virginia. As of Thursday morning, Rep. Scalise is in critical condition, according to reports today.
“Steve, I want you to know that you have the prayers not only of the entire city behind you, but of an entire nation and, frankly, the entire world,” President Donald Trump said Wednesday in an address to the nation. “America is praying for you, and America is praying for all of the victims of this terrible shooting.”
The gunman allegedly struck Scalise and at least four others — two members of Scalise’s Capitol Police security detail (assigned to protect Scalise, as he is a member of House leadership), one of Texas Rep. Roger Williams’ staffers, who coaches the team, and a Tyson Foods lobbyist.
“Had Steve not been playing baseball this year or just didn’t go to that practice, you’d have 15 members of Congress; you’d have 10 congressional staffers just being out … We would’ve just been total sitting ducks and I think it would have been an absolute disaster,” Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) told LifeZette Editor-in-Chief Laura Ingraham during “The Laura Ingraham Show” on Wednesday. DeSantis was at the baseball practice and left shortly before the shooting spree began.
The plainclothes Capitol Police officers prevented a “massacre” from happening, said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who was present during the shooting.
“Everybody probably would have died except for the fact that the Capitol Hill police were there,” Paul told MSNBC. (go to page 2 to continue reading)[lz_pagination]