Tamara Shepherd's picture

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Oh, dear. The NYT offers background on the shooter, James T. Hodgkinson:

Mr. Hodgkinson appeared to be have been a fervent fan of Senator Bernie Sanders, according to a Facebook page with references to the Vermont senator. A LinkedIn page for James Hodgkinson had a profile photo showing Mr. Sanders’s famous hair and glasses and the words, “The Dawn of a New Democracy.”

In a statement Wednesday morning, Mr. Sanders said he had been told the alleged shooter had volunteered for his presidential campaign. Mr. Sanders offered his “hopes and prayers” for the shooting victims.

“I am sickened by this despicable act,” Mr. Sanders said. “Let me be as clear as I can be. Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms. Real change can only come about through nonviolent action.”

Mr. Hodgkinson also seemed to be fervently anti-Trump. He appears to have signed an online petition calling for the president to be impeached, posting it on Facebook with a chilling comment: “It’s time to destroy Trump & co.”

On Facebook, Mr. Hodgkinson appeared to be a member of anti-Republican groups, according to The Belleville News-Democrat. The newspaper said one such group is called “Terminate the Republican Party” and another is called “Illinois Berners United to Resist Trump.”

Also note that NYT reports the shooter has died.

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cafkia's picture

Trump and others in the

Trump and others in the leadership of the GOP have repeatedly called for 2nd Amendment solutions to America's problems. It would appear that one misguided citizen decided there was some merit to their suggestion.

Perhaps the GOP might consider not crafting a weapon it cannot control.

Knoxoasis's picture

They should have known what

They should have known what to expect when they acted that way. They were asking for it.

tlc's picture

It Seems....

...that one of the two officers wounded during the attack is in a same sex marriage, of which Scalise vehemently....oh, just read it here. I don't want the man to die, but aarrgghh. Each day for these past 5 months, you think things can't get any crazier.

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