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Trump decries shooting of top Congressman, calls for unity

The Steve Scalise shooting has already become a political football Gunman who shot congressman had history of anti-GOP activity - LEX18.com | Continuous News and StormTracker Weather
Elaine Woods | 15 June, 2017, 02:22

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who was present at the shooting scene where five people including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise were shot during baseball practice, said this after the incident.

"This has got to stop, and it has to stop today".

"I'm not going to assess who takes responsibility, but we're all responsible for the discourse that happens in American government", Davis said. "We can have our differences but let's not let it lead to such hate'".

Asked about security, he said it would likely be stepped up, but said "We've got to stop". GOP members were practicing for an annual charity game to benefit the victims of the terrorist attack in Manchester, England. "I haven't had a chance to really talk, or discuss this".

There's not much bipartisanship left in Washington, but one thing Republicans and Democrats agree on is their admiration for the Capitol Police. The gunman, fatally shot by Capitol Police, failed in whatever his warped mission was but inadvertently succeeded in reminding of us just how special our country is.

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., also at the practice and told CNN that he was "on deck, about to hit batting practice" when the shots rang out.

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"You wouldn't believe it from some of the news reports, but some of my best friends are from the other end of the aisle", said Davis. "We have to stop". Not only are the players and staff dedicated to their constituents and our nation, but they are involved with the game to come together from across the political spectrum and raise money for charity.

"In the field, I see Representative Scalise is shot but moving and he's trying to drag himself through the dirt out into the outfield".

"If they wouldn't have been there, this would have been a massacre of innocent people", Davis said. I have a Bible verse I remember and I remember it from Iraq when I was there.

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., praised the members of Scalise's security detail, saying they helped to draw fire away from the baseball dugout where most of the lawmakers were located. Scalise suffered a gunshot wound to the hip during the attack, and has undergone surgery.

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