Congressional shooting energizes both sides of gun debate
By Chris Eger
Five were shot Wednesday at a practice for Republican members of the Congressional Baseball Team in Alexandria, Virginia. (Photo: WJLA)
Wednesday’s shooting at a Congressional baseball team practice resulted in calls for more gun control while Second Amendment groups place blame for the incident on “Democratic hate speech.”
The shooting, at a practice for Republicans as part of an upcoming Congressional Baseball Game, left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and four others injured. The shooter, who reportedly used an SKS semi-automatic rifle and a handgun, was killed after a shootout with police.
Po Murray, chairman of Newtown Action Alliance, responded to the incident with a call on lawmakers and President Trump to enact a ban on “military-style assault weapons,” fund “aggressive” federal research on gun violence, and repeal legal safeguards against frivolous lawsuits on gun makers.
“The majority of House and Senate Republicans were not courageous enough to reject the corporate gun lobby’s money and rhetoric and they have helped the gun industry sell more guns that are seeping into more public spaces throughout the nation,” said Murray on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, gun control champions on Capitol Hill spoke to unity, rather than increasing regulation.
“On days like today, there are no Democrats or Republicans,