It’s barely been three hours since a lone gunman opened fire on congressional lawmakers and their aides, yet gun control advocates are already calling for stricter gun control.
David Frum, senior editor at The Atlantic, tweeted out:
Concealed carry of long guns? Every state requires background checks, and licensing is only required for concealed carry in Virginia.
According to police and multiple media outlets, Scalise and 15 to 20 other lawmakers were in the 400 block of East Monroe Avenue, practicing for their annual Congressional baseball game when someone opened fire sometime around 6:30 a.m.
In an interview with WWJ Newsradio 950, Michigan Rep. Mike Bishop explained that he was attending the practice around 5:30 a.m., in Alexandria, when shots rang out. He said he and his colleagues were “sitting ducks.”
“As we were standing here this morning, a gunman walked up to the fence line and just began to shoot. I was standing at home plate and he was in the third base line,” Bishop said. “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.”
“The only reason why any of us walked out of this thing, by the grace of God, one of the folks here had a weapon to fire back and give us a moment to find cover. We were inside the backstop and if we didn’t have that cover by a brave person who stood up and took a shot themselves, we would not have gotten out of there and every one of us would have been hit — every single one of us,” said Bishop. “He was coming around the fence line and he was looking for all of us who had found cover in different spots. 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.”
“Two of our staff was hit, Steve Scalise was hit on second base, I watched him get hit and I couldn’t do anything to help him. We tried to get him off as fast as we could but this guy was relentless with his fire. One of our staffers got hit in the chest and I pray for him, I just don’t know what the outcome is going to be. This is a tragic situation and frankly, it’s changed everything as I know it forever.”
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told Fox News: "We were like sitting ducks. Without the Capitol Hill police, it would have been a massacre.” He described the scene as "sort of a killing field."
The fact of the matter is that without Rep. Scalise’s security detail, today’s shooting would have been a massacre because it took a good guy with a gun, to take out a bad guy with a gun.