It’s not insensitive to wish Rep. Scalese a speedy recovery while also pointing out his voting record directly contributed to an environment where just about anyone can get a gun and shoot lots of people, even members of Congress. He’s not even the first NRA backed member of Congress to get seriously injured in a shooting this decade. Rep. Giffords also had an A rating from the NRA and has since become a heroic champion for gun control who admitted she was wrong.
Also worth pointing out and being thankful for the ‘good guys with a gun’ on hand who neutralized the shooter, but ordinary Americans at batting practice are not entitled to Secret Service protection. Those guys are the best in the business and the shooter still got off over 50 rounds, enough to seriously injure 6 people, before being taken down. So thankful for the heroes, praying the people got hurt get better, and praying our country finally embraces common sense and some basic concern over the 33,000 preventable killings caused by guns every year. That’s more than a 1,000 9/11s *per year* we are currently content to do nothing about. It is inevitable that more citizens and more members of Congress will get shot until we change our laws.
In the past I expressed skepticism any kind of gun control would pass this Congress. I am still skeptical of that. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try, or that we shouldn’t pursue evidence based policies like Opeartion Ceasefire proven to reduce gun violence and gun deaths without gun control. That America spent trillions, went to war, and drastically altered other constitutional protections over 2,000 deaths 17 years ago and won’t do shit about the 33,000 preventable annual deaths speaks volumes about our broken priorities as a people and a culture.