The news stunned everyone.
Yesterday morning, 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, armed with a handgun and a rifle, unloaded on lawmakers at a GOP baseball practice.
He fired 50-100 rounds of ammunition and though it’s a miracle nobody was killed (besides Hodgkinson himself), House Whip Rep. Steve Scalise remains in critical condition.
Now that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are investigating Hodgkinson, more details are coming to light.
For instance, his anti-President Trump rants on social media are certainly alarming, but perhaps nothing is more terrifying than the email he sent to the office of Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) just before he started shooting.
According to The Hill, the subject line of that message read, “One down, 216 to go…”
And the body read:
“Did you NOT expect this?
When you take away ordinary peoples very lives in order to pay off the wealthiest among us, your own lives are forfeit. Certainly, your souls and morality were lost long before.
Rep. Tenney’s spokeswoman said the office often receives threatening emails but the timing of this message was “particularly disheartening.”
Unfortunately, there’s just no way to monitor all concerning emails politicians get on a daily basis but even so, one wonders if people shouldn’t have reacted to earlier signs.
For example, those social media rants could’ve and maybe should’ve started alarm bells ringing. This guy was clearly unstable and we did have evidence of that instability.
But again, it’s difficult. The world of social media is sadly loaded with insane comments, so it’s tough to monitor that as well. Besides, it’s likely his friends on Facebook agreed with his stance.
It’s just too bad that this had to happen, and we stand with Trump and other politicians who have used this tragedy as an opportunity to call for unity.
Remember that word, liberals? Unity? Weren’t you all about that at one point…?