Congressional ball game an act of unity and defiance of violence

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Politics, it has been said, "ain't beanbag"; it's hardball, in other words. "If somebody is coming after a member of Congress, you don't want to be anywhere nearby". "Capitol police and emergency responders reacted swiftly and courageously - we are grateful for their presence". Two police officers were injured; the shooter, James Hodgkinson, later died. "Most importantly, we are forever grateful for the heroism of [Capitol police agents] Crystal Griner and David Bailey who saved everyone's lives at the baseball field that morning, including Steve's".

The shooting prompted talk of improving security for lawmakers, most of whom are unaccompanied by officers in their normal day-to-day pursuits.

"It seems self-evident that when the teams are practicing, there should be security there", Pelosi said.

Even the strangest of bedfellows - House Speaker Paul Ryan, R. -Wisc., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. - issued much needed common pleas for unity, compassion and cooperation.

The shooting occurred at a popular park and baseball complex across the Potomac River in Alexandria, where Republican lawmakers and others were gathered for a morning practice about 7 a.m. He said political passions have only increased since then, particularly in recent months.

"He's going to be OK, we hope", President Trump said.

"The surgical team probably went in and bypassed arteries or veins that were injured and repaired them and took care of the bleeding", said Dr. John Hunt, the LSU trauma medical director at University Medical Center.

"This sick individual does something despicable and it was disgusting what he did, hateful, but for them to all of a sudden be sanctimonious as if they've never seen such a thing before - and I don't even want to go into the president of the United States, in terms of some of the language that he has used".

The question now is can the unity last after the Democrats routed the Republicans by a final score of 11-2. He has reported them to Capitol police. Mika requires assistance to breath and will need more surgery. "I know we'll be thinking about each of them as they take the field tonight".

MacArthur said local law enforcement has helped with protection at public events in his district.

A Washington Metropolitan Police Department report says the officer was manning a traffic checkpoint when the driver failed to obey repeated orders to stop.

"I'm down on the ground helping the guy who's got a bullet hole in his leg, " said Brooks who said he was on the third base line getting ready to bat.

Sava said Friday that there are hundreds of bullet fragments in Scalise's body, but "we have no intention to try and remove all the bullet fragments at this point".

Currently, the office allowance can not be used for home security. They are seeking guidance from the Federal Election Commission.

"This game is always an important moment for both parties to come together to support charity, build friendships, and celebrate our national pastime", he said.

Asked about carrying a gun, Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, said: "Sure, I mean I'm from Texas".

Collins confirmed he has a concealed carry permit, saying, "If you look at the vulnerability, I assure you: I have a carry permit".

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