This morning broke with news that a gunman opened fire on a Congressional baseball team practice session in Alexandria, VA. House GOP Whip Steve Scalise was wounded in the hip.
The gunman has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson, of Illinois. His Facebook posts identify him as a Bernie Sanders supporter. It's been announced by Donald Trump that he has died of his wounds as Capitol police shot back at him; of course, as of yet there's been no other confirmation of this.
I disagree with Scalise on just about anything. That doesn't mean I want him to be shot. But this is what happens in a country where this idea permeates the Second Amendment culture:
Usually, those of us on the left tut tut that only extreme right wingers use this excuse. Now it's obvious that this sentiment can swing both ways to the extreme left.
Fealty to the NRA has turned our country into a shooting range. This time it's a GOP congressman. Six years ago it was Gabby Giffords. And every day it's a cavalcade of the nameless and forgotten, lives snuffed out in the name of "freedom".
No other developed country tolerates this. This is more in line with Mogadishu than what should be happening in the world's superpower.
I have no illusions that now that one of their own was on the receiving end of the Second Amendment that Republicans will rethink their slavish devotion to unfettered gun rights. But maybe something will be flipped in a few of them, with the violence hitting so close to home. One can only hope.