San Diego congressional representatives respond to Alexandria shooting

SAN DIEGO – Four of the five members of the San Diego-area congressional delegation called today for prayers for Rep. Steve Scalise, R- Louisiana, and four others who were shot today at a ballpark in Alexandria, Virginia, while practicing for an annual charity baseball game.

Scalise, the House majority whip, was shot in the hip and underwent surgery at a hospital, which reported this afternoon that he was in critical condition. Also wounded was Zack Barth, an aide to Rep. Roger Williams, R- Texas, a former congressional staffer who now works for Tyson Foods and two Capitol Police officers assigned to protect Scalise.

The gunman, James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old home inspector from Belleville, Illinois, was shot and killed by the officers.

The San Diego congressional delegation—none of whom were at the shooting scene—took to Twitter shortly after the shooting.

“Asking you to join me in prayer for @SteveScalise, @CapitolPolice, their staff & others at the Congressional baseball game practice this AM,” Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, tweeted.

Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, wrote: “Praying for my colleagues, their staff, @CapitolPolice & others attacked this morning. Thankful for the first responders who saved lives.”

From Rep. Susan Davis, D-San Diego: “Horrified by this morning’s shooting. My thoughts and prayers are with my colleague @SteveScalise, those injured, and their families.”

Rep. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, tweeted: “My thoughts and prayers are with Rep. Scalise, Hill staffers, Capitol Police officers, and everyone affected by this morning’s shooting.”

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, hasn’t tweeted anything since Jan. 10.

The shooter volunteered on the failed presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders, who issued a statement denouncing the violence, and had several previous minor run-ins with law enforcement. The Belleville News-Democrat reported that Hodgkinson belonged to several anti-Republican and anti-Trump Facebook groups.

32 Responses to "San Diego congressional representatives respond to Alexandria shooting"

  1. Lee   June 14, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    My dear fellow Fallbrookers, we, Americans, want the Second Amendment, well, here is the result. We just don’t get that we have to repeal it and get rid of guns. There are two reason to blame why Congressman Scalise was shot today: the Second Amendment and the terrorist organization, the NRA.

    C’mon gun nuts, let me hear your bull[beep]!

    “Well, what we needs is more guns.”

    That’s right, Skippie. More guns will solve our gun epidemic just like giving an addict more drugs will get him/her sober. Like I said, let me hear your bull[beep]!

    • grunt   June 15, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Murder is illegal, so this Democratic (I only use this to indicate he is probably anti-NRA) idiot would have said, “Oh, wait, I can’t shoot people because having a gun is WRONG?” The only thing that saved them were men with guns.

      You can not put tooth paste back in a tube – once guns were invented you can not get rid of them; look at the cities with strictest gun laws , most gun crime.

      If you really want two reasons- I will give them to you 1) the hate spewing from the left that their choice was rejected and 2) the idiot that di it,

  2. grunt   June 14, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    This is where the ‘resist” movement is pushing people; Maxine Waters and her ranting “he is not our president”, the hate that spews from the defeated democrats is toxic. Hillary et al should have been like most defeated candidates and called for her supporters to back the new president; Obama NEVER faced this much hate – and the only reason for it is that the democrat did not win. “We want our way, our way is the only way” seems to be the chant. Please, regardless of your politics, support the current administration – give him a chance. Again, as repulsive as Obama was to many people, never was there this much hate thrown out – from regular people, the TV shows, entertainers etc.

    • Sicilian   June 17, 2017 at 6:54 am

      Hows your memory? You remember the tea party years?

    • Democracy 4 Ever!!!!   June 18, 2017 at 11:50 am


    • Reality Counts   June 18, 2017 at 10:07 pm

      The Democratic party that wants sensible gun control legislation is the party of violence? Remind me which party had members telling constituents to seek their 2nd Amendment remedies if Trump didn’t win….

      If I’m not mistaken it was the same party that railroaded through the bill (which Little Hands Donnie signed, of course) that allows mentally ill people to buy and use any firearm. But Democrats are the dangerous ones.

  3. D   June 15, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Democrat shoots Republican, then creates law that takes Republican’s gun so he can not defend himself. Too funny.

    Some news agency called him a sniper…he emptied a couple of 30 round mags and only shot about 4 people? LOL

    Hey Troll who says we have a gun epidemic and your logic is stupid….so if a drunk driver kills someone it was the car’s fault and we should get rid of all motor vehicles? Silly Troll you make laugh and instead of making me mad or upset. LOL!

    • Anne   June 18, 2017 at 8:44 am

      Democrat creates law that takes Republican’s gun so he can not defend himself. LOL!

      Lying to make a political point. How Republican of you!

      • D   June 19, 2017 at 7:17 am

        Uh….it was a joke, I guess you didn’t get it.

  4. Lee   June 15, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    My dear fellow Fallbrookers, we all know that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. For well over 200 years, we have lived with the Second Amendment that has cost the lives of millions of Americans and currently about 12,000 annually.

    When are YOU going to wake up and demand REAL change? How much longer are YOU going to sit idly by allowing 12,000 of our countrymen to die? How much longer?

    When will you finally have the simple courage to tell the emperor that he is not wearing any clothes? When?

    What is wrong with you?!


  5. Fallbrook Liberal   June 15, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    The REAL problem here is that, once again, we have an individual who was, apparently, angry at someone/something…quite possibly was also mentally unstable…and that anger bubbled under the surface…eventually the individual decided that he needed to remedy the situation by doing away with the source of his anger. The ready, and easy availability of firearms to anyone who wishes to get their hands on one (particularly in Virginia that has extremely lax gun laws) is the easiest/most effective way for the individual to carry out his solution and take out multiple persons (his perceived sources of his problems/issues) quickly and impersonally. But, we continue to ignore the issue of gun/firearms restrictions which is the textbook definition of insanity. By the way, to insinuate that all liberals are hateful and are becoming violent (Grunt) is totally unfair and dangerous. We should know, by now, that painting a group of people all with the same brush (prejudice) is ridiculous. Last year, a white man opened fire in a black church, killing and wounding dozens of people. Why? Because he “hated black people” and “wanted to kill black people”. In his mind, black people were the cause/source of his problems, so he decided to take out as many black people as he could, using a semi-automatic rifle. What is the difference between that individual and the individual that carried out this recent shooting who, according to sources, hated Republicans? Where was the outrage from Republicans for that shooting? Why weren’t they upset with all white men as they are with all liberals for this recent shooting?

    • Lee   June 16, 2017 at 9:03 am

      @ Fallbrook Liberal

      Psst, that shooting was two years ago.

    • grunt   June 16, 2017 at 11:19 am

      Liberal, I did not think I painted all Democrats as violent; I was responding to Lee’s yammer about the NRA – maybe I missed, sorry. There were as many republicans, conservatives and NRA members as upset by the horrible church killing as there were liberal, democrats, anti-gun people. I never said I was upset at all liberals- I do have a problem with the liberal politicians and personalities who have become so enamored with anti-Republican speech. Senator Peloski tried to equate the attack (by a Democrat) with a hate phone call she received from a white supremacist – and then blamed Trump for both!

      The difference I think is that reasonable people realize that wishing something was gone does not make it so. As you stated anyone that wants a gun can get one, so strict gun laws meant to reduce the average law abiding citizens access to guns does NOTHING. We can not keep illegal drugs nor illegal people from being smuggled across the border or brought in by ship; how will you keep guns out? You can not, all you can do is stop people from legally having them – then what?

      The only defense from a gun attack is a gun – running and hiding, screaming gun, seeking a safe place does no good until a man or woman with a gun shows up to stop it.

      • Lee   June 16, 2017 at 5:51 pm

        @ Grunt

        I must say, Grunt, that your bull[beep] is in rare form today.

        • grunt   June 19, 2017 at 7:52 am

          Lee, exactly what in my statement do you consider BS?

      • Sicilian   June 17, 2017 at 6:40 am

        Who’s Senator Peloski? If you think there aren’t people out there who don’t hate Dems you’ve never watched Fox News.

  6. BGG   June 16, 2017 at 12:53 am

    I would like to commend Special Agents David Bailey and Crystal Griner who bravely and professionally helped defend the lives of those Republican Congressmen on that field. I wish them both a speedy recovery from their gunshot wounds. In the case of Ms. Griner, it’s ironic indeed that a gay woman who is married to another woman would be involved in defending the lives of politicians who have spent their entire political careers denigrating, marginalizing and opposing the civil rights of gay men and women in this country.

    I also wish Representative Scalise a rapid recovery and hope during this awful period Mrs. Scalise can draw some comfort in knowing that she is fully secure in all of the rights, benefits and protections that she will receive as Mr. Scalise’s legally married spouse.

    • Lee   June 16, 2017 at 9:04 am

      @ BGG

      Your bull[beep] is superb!

      • Sicilian   June 17, 2017 at 6:47 am

        I did a google search. Its fact. The lady is a lesbian and she is married to a woman.

    • D   June 16, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      Not sure what her sexual orientation has to do with her doing her job. Same sex marriage is legal in all 50 states…which is weird because isn’t Marriage an institution of the church? So what happened to all the separation of church and state stuff that people cry about all the time? Oh wait…that’s not in the constitution.

      So are you saying that if you are gay that means you don’t have the same civil rights as a non gay person?

      • BGG   June 16, 2017 at 10:32 pm


        “Not sure what her sexual orientation has to do with her doing her job”

        I agree with you. Unfortunately Representative Steve Scalise and many GOP office holders don’t. Scalise in fact feels that sexual orientation is of such great importance that it should be a determinant factor in whether someone can retain employment in the US military or in entering the Louisiana State Guard.

        “.. isn’t Marriage an institution of the church?”

        A civil marriage is not an institution of the church. If you go to a government office and apply for a marriage license you are not being administered a religious rite or a holy ordinance. You’re not receiving a sacrament from the County Clerk. You’re getting a state issued civil license, nothing more.

        “So are you saying that if you are gay that means you don’t have the same civil rights as a non gay person?”

        Yes, that is exactly what I’m saying. Ever since the passage of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1968 it has been patently illegal throughout the entire country to discriminate against people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion or sex. Currently however, people can still be legally fired from their jobs or be subjected to public accommodations discrimination in over half of the states in the union based upon sexual orientation. While it’s nice that Donald Trump as a candidate held up a rainbow flag at a rally it still doesn’t negate the official positions of his party or his stated intentions to place on the federal judiciary people like William Pryor who has written that it is perfectly constitutional for a state to imprison gay men and women.

  7. Thoughts and prayers   June 16, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Kumbaya my a#%!! Right wing nuts have threatened the lives of Obama and other Dems for 8 solid years but everybody is supposed to get all bent out of shape now? Trump said a “second amendment” remedy might be needed to take out Clinton while Trump’s party people pushs policies to allow anyone to have guns including mentally ill people???? Sometimes you reap what you sow. Thoughts and prayers.

    • Sicilian   June 17, 2017 at 6:51 am

      Yup. How quickly they forget the tea party years. Daily threats on Obama and other Dems.

  8. Lee   June 16, 2017 at 8:56 am

    My dear fellow Fallbrookers, you know what Congressman Scalise will say during his first press conference leaving the hospital, right? He will thank his fellow congressmen and staff and praise the brave policemen and all the usual crud, and in the very next sentence sternly not to mention ignorantly defend the very thing that almost got him killed: our Second Amendment.

    Welcome to insanity, folks.

    • D   June 16, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      Troll you forgot to point out the fact that guns also saved his life.

      • Anne   June 18, 2017 at 8:39 am

        ….and you forgot to point out if he never had a gun in the first place there wouldn’t be a need for armed cops to stop him. Key operative word COPS.

        Handguns in the hands of trained law enforcement is NOT the same thing as in the hands of everybody else.

        • D   June 19, 2017 at 9:32 am

          Yeah….crazy people should NOT have guns!

  9. Lee   June 16, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    My dear fellow Fallbrookers, go on YouTube and search for “Jim Jeffries – Gun Control”. Enjoy.

    I don’t know about you, but that son of a [beep] sure has a [beep] potty mouth.

  10. Anne   June 18, 2017 at 8:27 am

    2002: Scalise keynotes Louisiana meeting of white supremacists.
    2003: Scalise describes himself as “David Duke without the baggage.”
    2004: Scalise authors Louisiana’s successful constitutional ban on gay marriage.
    2008: Scalise sponsors federal ban on same-sex marriage.
    2014: Scalise sponsors bill to have state marriage laws supersede federal laws to stop gays from marrying in Louisiana.
    2017: Scalise has life saved by married black lesbian

  11. Jeff1975   June 19, 2017 at 6:29 am

    4 innocent people shot dead here in Cali while working their low paying jobs at UPS, hardly a peep. Some dirt bag politician who worked hard to make sure every psycho has a “constitutional right” to a hand gun, national out cry. What’s wrong with this picture?

  12. Gene   June 19, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Can you guys tell me how Mexico’s gun laws working out?

  13. D   June 19, 2017 at 10:19 am

    “Fortunately, the guy was a really bad shot…Liberals can’t even shoot straight.” – Caitlyn Jenner

    Wow didn’t see that coming!


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