Congress seeks normalcy, heads back to work after shooting

In the wake of the horrific shooting of House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), a Republican congressional aide and two members of Scalise's Capitol Police security detail on a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, many are pointing to the shooter's supposed political affiliation as evidence of his motivation.

The gunman, identified by law officials as James Hodgkinson, died after the shootout.

Hodgkinson of IL fired dozens of rounds at some 45 Republican members of Congress during a baseball practice Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Virginia.

Other Republicans said the criticism of Trump had crossed a line to a risky obsession among Democrats, one that implicitly encouraged violence. When Pelosi warned Republicans to "curb our enthusiasm" in 2009, it was near the height over the health care debate over the Affordable Care Act, a contentious piece of legislation that some Republicans said would bring an end to freedom in the country. Lawmakers called for a new dialogue on lowering the partisan temperature, and Trump urged Americans to come together as he assumed the role of national unifier for one of the first times in his presidency. Bernie Sanders. It is filled with anti-trump messages.

He spelled them out on his Facebook page, writing that Republicans are "racist and sexist", he called one Republican Congresswoman a "bitch" and declared President Donald Trump is a "traitor" who should be destroyed.

Hodgkinson's Facebook profile featured a cover photo of Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont who lost to Hillary Clinton in his bid to be the Democratic Party's presidential candidate in 2016.

"I hope and pray that no one in America is ever targeted again due to their political or other affiliation", he said. "Let's face it - I represent wonderful people in East Tennessee - the 3rd District of Tennessee". Sanders said he denounced the violence "in the strongest possible terms".

He has been identified as a 66-year-old man from Belleville, Illinois, which is a small city just across the Mississippi River from the city of St Louis, Missouri.

He was a home inspector, and owned his own business, but in his free time, it appears politics was Hodgkinson's passion. Laid back, rough around the edges.

"He was pretty popular around here, people knew him".

"I could tell he was angry I mean, I don't remember feeling scared or nervous about the situation". He also had an arrest record that included charges for drunken driving, resisting a police officer, domestic battery and damaging property.

"We need a much higher bracket that actually reaches into the rich and super-rich incomes", Hodgkinson wrote in an April 18, 2012 letter, which he closed with "God bless the 99 percent". Indeed, it isn't normal or acceptable for political passions to explode into attempted murder. There are already reports of Democrats receiving threats, warning that "You guys are next".

"We never saw anything that would make you think that this would happen". No shots were apparently fired away from the baseball field.

Hodgkinson followed numerous media outlets, including Raw Story and other left-leaning news sites, and activist groups on Facebook, and he frequently signed online petitions that he then shared on social media.

Hodgkinson, who was armed with a handgun and a rifle, died from multiple gunshot wounds to his torso, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

Former Alexandria mayor Bill Euille told MSNBC he had met Hodgkinson nearly daily at the local YMCA, giving him tips on where to eat and find a job.

Given the incessant hate-fomenting by the DemoMSM, perhaps they bear some blame. "He was just a very calm, rational person, I thought", he said.

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