U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, who was on the baseball field practice with his congressional team when the shooting began Wednesday morning, wants Congress to allow lawmakers to carry weapons to defend themselves — especially if they’re already permitted to do so in their home states.
According to The Washington Post:
Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), a member of the GOP baseball squad who was on the scene during Wednesday morning’s shooting, said Congress should explore allowing lawmakers to carry weapons to defend themselves.
“If this had happened in Georgia, he wouldn’t have gotten too far,” Loudermilk told reporters Wednesday at the Capitol. “I had a staff member who was in his car maybe 20 yards behind the shooter, who was pinned in his car, who back in Georgia carries a 9-millimeter in his car. . . . He had a clear shot at him. But here, we’re not allowed to carry any weapons here.”
While firearms are strictly regulated on the Capitol grounds and in the rest of the District of Columbia, gun laws in Virginia — where the shooting took place — are significantly less strict. Firearms can be openly carried without a permit, and the state issues permits to carry concealed weapons. Alexandria allows the ownership and carrying of weapons, but discharging a firearm in the city is illegal. Expanded story
WEDNESDAY’S FIRST REPORT
U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, who represents Bartow, Cherokee and parts of metro Atlanta in Congress, was at the shooting scene outside Washington Wednesday morning when the attack began.
“I was on the field at the congressional baseball practice but I’m OK,” says Loudermilk, R-Ga., in a Facebook post this morning. “This was a senseless act of evil. Please pray for those who were shot and their families. There were a lot of heroes here today.”
Neither U.S. Rep. Tom Graves nor his staff were at the practice as he’s not on the baseball team.
U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., released this statement: “Steve Scalise is a great friend, and I am praying for him, our Capitol Police officers, the staff members and all those involved in today’s terrible attack. I hope that all Americans will join me in condemning this senseless act of violence against innocent lives. Thank you to the U.S. Capitol Police, our first responders and all who rushed to aid the victims.”
The breaking story:
President Trump: Shooting suspect has died from injuries sustained in the response to the attack.
From the Washington Post: “A gunman opened fire Wednesday morning on a baseball practice at a park in Alexandria involving Republican members of Congress, injuring several people including at least one lawmaker, Steve Scalise, the majority whip, according to police and a congressman.
“The wounded also included at least one Capitol Police officer and the suspected shooter, according to one law enforcement official and witness accounts. Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown said two of his officers engaged in “gunfire and return fire.”
“A police spokeswoman confirmed the suspected shooter had been shot and was taken to a hospital. Brown said five people have been taken to local hospitals, but the specific injuries were not immediately known.
“Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) tweeted that a ‘shooter attacked a GOP baseball practice. Rifle. 50+ shots fired. 5 hit including Steve Scalise. I am not shot.” He estimated 50 to 100 shots were fired during batting practice.’ ” Expanded story
Yes, Rep. Graves and his staff are all safe. Since Rep. Graves isn’t on the baseball team neither he nor his staff was at the practice.
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