Open Thread

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WaPo: Gunman fires on Alexandria park during GOP baseball practice; lawmaker Scalise among wounded


CBS Detroit: “We Were Sitting Ducks”:

…“As we were standing here this morning, a gunman walked up to the fence line and just began to shoot. I was standing at home plate and he was in the third base line,” [Congressman Mike] Bishop [R-MI (8)] said. “He had a rifle that was clearly meant for the job of taking people out, multiple casualties, and he had several rounds and magazines that he kept unloading and reloading… The only reason why any of us walked out of this thing, by the grace of God, one of the folks here had a weapon to fire back and give us a moment to find cover. We were inside the backstop and if we didn’t have that cover by a brave person who stood up and took a shot themselves, we would not have gotten out of there and every one of us would have been hit — every single one of us,” said Bishop. “He was coming around the fence line and he was looking for all of us who had found cover in different spots. But if we didn’t have return fire right there, he would have come up to each one of us and shot us point-blank.”

Rep. Mark Walker says gunman targeted congressional baseball practice ‘to kill as many Republican members as possible’

Liberals Attack POTUS Trump After Scalise Shooting: “It Should Have Been His Dumb Ass to Get Popped”

VDARE: Shooter Said To Be White Male

Paging Professor Raoul X

188 responses to “Open Thread

  1. James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill.,
    Shooters Facebook still up, aaaand. Wait for it. Disgruntled, passionate Bernie supporter

    • Got a possible hit on linkIn: JTH home inspections, greater St Louis area, as James Hodgkinson.

  2. The Usual Suspect

    I’m betting it was a 10-22 or similar, high power cartridges are very
    destructive at point blank range.

    • Jimmy the Saint

      According to the media (at least in the past), a .22 is a high-powered rifle cartridge.

    • an unutterable tragedy. Dozens of free-range congresscritters, and barely nicked a couple. This is what happens when you deploy a BB gun instead of a .308.

      • Can’t even get this right? Some BB gun, that 1022.

        Surprised you didn’t figure it out. This is what happens when you don’t understand the importance of aim.

  3. His flakebook page, which will no doubt be taken down very soon:

  4. They were not USMC trained.Poor shooting.

  5. Northgunner

    Hmmmm…sounds like someone just decide to go ‘Full Rampage’ in real life…

    If you haven’t seen the ‘Rampage’ movies, it’s where a young man, Bill Williamson, decides to gear up after listening to his uber lefty buddy. He sets about methodically murdering anyone that he comes across (definitely a lesson for taking out such a evil turd asap from proper ranged battle rifles or heavier using armor piercing rounds..engage beyond his pistol range from rooftops..also molotov cocktails/flamethrower would possibly be VERY effective!!).

    There were three movies made under that title…looks like some collectivist turd was watching and listening.

    Daily carry and aim COF!!
    If possible, engage with battle rifle beyond the aggressors effective range…shoot until target drops..shoot the ‘insurance shot’ and continue to shoot if he/she remains a threat!

    Yours in Daily Armed Liberty!
    Northgunner III

    • Northgunner

      Considering that the targets were the ‘parasite class’… no loss as long as no truly innocent bystanders were injured.

      No sympathy for those murdering shitweasels!!

      Yours in Daily Armed Liberty!
      Northgunner III

  6. Bernie Sanders supporter, with anti-Trump facedork posts, who asked a bystanding congresscritter before opening fire to ensure the targets were all Republicans.
    Color me shocked. >/sarcasm<

    Apparently, these guys train to shoot with the NYPD:

  7. Dude had 400+ friends on his Facebook page…at last check, he’s losing them fairly quick…down to 346, last I checked.

  8. Trump seems tired.

  9. Those Commie Progs are trained professionals. That was some fine shooting, maximized carnage, conserved ammo, his exfill plan executed flawlessly, he’ll never be caught.

  10. Vice President Mike Pence was present as were Ivanka and Jared Kushner who watched solemnly from the side as the president spoke

    Zach Barth, a congressional staffer for Texas Rep. Roger Williams (seen above with Jeb Bush) was also shot. He is in hospital but is expected to recover

    • kay_de_leon



        Cheer and accompanying gesture of the University of Texas Longhorns.

        • kay_de_leon

          Oh right, those are the republican good-guys.

          Move along folks, nothing to see here…

        • Randolph Scott

          fuck Austin and the whorns. A bunch of liberal assed crybabies.

        • Cassandra (of Troy)


          Good one

          Used to do that around the locals when I lived in AR &, as you may imagine, they weren’t at all amused. Funny thing, it was an Italian down from Chi working where I did who laughed like hell at the “hicks” who had no idea that gesture usually meant BS & to a WOP it was ‘the horns of the cuckold’ & if directed toward a person of Italian heritage could & often would result in a violent response. I knew about the first meaning & had heard of the second, & brought up that I’d heard that when said gesture was delivered w/ a vigorous twist it was the equivalent of up yours which he confirmed & said THAT was a near guarantee of an attack from the person it was directed at.

  11. Leader Paul Ryan ” An attack on one of us, Is an attack on all of us” beautiful, never truer works spoken, in fact the rank honesty of this BOLD statement cements the fact that the attack on one of ” US” is an attack on all of ” Us”. Clearly draws a line in the sand, depicting the difference between Our elected leadership……..and, We The People.

    The back,slapping,,self serving meaningless speeches, ongoing in the Capital are at best pathetic. These, our elected leaders are truly self serving pigs.

    Now Nancy Pelosi is spewing flotsam all over the floor. Sick mother fuckers.

    Now Newt telling us what a powerful speech Paul Ryan’s presented these fuckers are truly thicker then thieves.

    Shooters dead, woooo, thank,God, the answers to the obvious questions could have been embarrassing to many in DC.

    • “…these fuckers are truly thicker then thieves.”

      Proof positive—it’s never too late to learn.

    • Lol…and when you learn logic, you’ll know what to do.

  12. So from what I can glean from CNN , Matt Drudge, Fox, Et Al. Our shooter was a 66 year old radical lefty from the land of the FOID card who POSTED HIS INTENT ON LINE. Then drove to Moordoor, found the first knot of swamp things he could that fit his hate rant and started to “spray and pray” changing mags and doing mag dumps point blank until capture. Oh! and he scored what? 3 out of fifty? and none of them serious. Says a lot about that carbine and lack of training now don’t it?

    • Jimmy the Saint

      His results aren’t really important; what is important is the reaction to the attack; (I.e., “If I do that, will I have support/political cover/lax prosecution/be considered a hero?” Or, more simply put, “Will I be treated like Bill Ayers or Eric Rudolph”)

  13. News reports state it was a James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois. Both of these Facebook accounts pop up under that name. Notice that both are extremely Left/Liberal and pro-Bernie. Check out the groups he belonged to and the shows he watched… and According to the news we have by this point in time, he was a 66yo unemployed white guy from Illinois who most recently owned a home inspection company; lost his license in December 2016.

  14. FYI: There was supposed to be a hearing in the House on a significant pro-gun bill that incorporated the Hearing Protection Act’s provisions to remove silencers from the NFA and sell them on a 4473, put limitations on BATFE’s authority to declare ammunition to be “armor-piercing,” revised of the “sporting purposes” clause’s meaning, etc. Mighty convenient for both the Republicans and the Democrats that this hearing has been postponed by this attack. I fully expect the Republicans to declare “an attack on one is an attack on ALL of Congress,” join hands with the Democrats on “common sense gun safety and reasonable regulations,” and kill the bill one way or another.

  15. Alfred E. Neuman

    Reblogged this on FOR GOD AND COUNTRY.

  16. So how did someone from Illinois know that Republicans hung out at a ballpark in VA at a certain time? Someone local fed him intel.

    • Randolph - can't fool me- Scott

      Bingo! This has to be one of the most blatant false flag events this year.

    • hammerheadjoe

      Exactly – some doofus from podunk Southern Illinois knew exactly where to go by accident I am sure.

    • Assuming you really don’t know, the Congressional Softball game is an annual event, publicized as to practices & the game ostensibly tomorrow. Like a prayer-breakfast because, you know, bi-partisanship & all that fuzzy stuff.

    • Jimmy the Saint

      A lot of that stuff isn’t particularly hard to find out. It’s not exactly classified info.

  17. Imagine for a moment that this shooter had a modicum of skill and an actual plan, had managed to take down a large number of Republicans and perhaps even a 10YO son. Could not this have triggered a Leftist Purge and the corresponding Bubba moment?

    • no, it would have triggered the Republiscams to pass a vicious gun-grab bill. Remember “hate crime” laws? Thas’ right….Newt, his bulldyke sister, and the Republiscams. After the Matthew Shepard “killed ’cause he was a homo” scam.

  18. The 66 yo shooter was (now deceased) a hardcore BernieBot. Apparently LOVED Rachel MadCow. With a name like James T. Hodgkinson, sounds like a white dude. I can’t confirm/deny that due to Barracuda on the company internet (I’m lucky to be able to pull up the WRSA site).

    So far….sounds like another Jared Loughner……

  19. Coldwarvet

    When this broke, I thought: “hmmm… lotsa shots fired and three, maybe four hit? No kills? Probably a dem-tard after republicans, and, sure enough. A Bernie fan, mid-west union guy. Zero marksmanship skills, thank g_d. Any more questions?

  20. Ok. Just saw an update on Breitbart (on my cell phone).James T is a white dude, affiliated with a “Terminate the Republican Party” FB group. The same FB that will shut you down, delete you, make you an “unperson” if you post anything even CLOSE to Tea Party conservative.

    Hmmmm……what to do / where to go with this information?

  21. Any bets they will prosecute the one person who fired back at the gunman? You note there was only one mention of this person returning fire to protect the congress critters and give them time to move without drawing fire. That person is the real hero, not the bullet stoppers.

    • Actually, there were two who fired back, both were wounded and are recovering.

      Cf: Brietbart.

  22. Very simple. If your a conservative, deplorable, free American that believes in the Constitution or just a plain old WASP start/continue carrying and training even harder because the Saul Aliskey followers are going to get even bolder and better. Remember, winners go home and fuck the prom queen, losers get a body bag.

    House Democrats told ‘you guys are next’ in alarming phone calls after baseball shooting
    Lawmakers received threatening emails and calls following the shooting at a congressional Republican baseball practice Wednesday. New York Rep. Claudia Tenney’s (R) office was sent an email with the subject line “one down, 216 to go,” apparently a reference to the 217 representatives who voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Spectrum News reports. Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) was injured in Wednesday’s shooting.

    “Did you NOT expect this?” the email said. “When you take away ordinary people’s lives in order to pay off the wealthiest among us, your own lives are forfeit[ed]. Certainly, your souls and mortality were lost long before. Good riddance.”

    It wasn’t just Republicans who were targeted. Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragan (D-Calif.) told BuzzFeed News’ Ema O’Connor that “multiple Democratic members of the House have gotten calls saying ‘you guys are next.'”

  24. I blame the SPLC for creating a climate of hate. Apparently that arsehole was a fan of maggots too.

  25. Roland Deschain

    Probably that damned Tea Party! NOT! Libs are the nly ones capable of this kind of violence as they are all mentally deranged.

  26. Strelnikov

    So, you say you want a revolution…

  27. hummus abedin


    Flash: Republican Scalise ‘Critical’

  28. Video from someone hugging dirt. “That is one Hell of a way to start the fucking day.”

  29. I got up early-5:30 am-and walked the dogs to avoid our increasing summer heat. I had seen the burning tower on the news last night, yet that wasn’t horror enough. I turn the tv on to hear active shooter. No one seems particularily shocked or upset about events like either of these anymore. It is so much, so often, in so many places, that it is becoming dangerously normal. We are becoming numb to war in civilian areas, and I wonder if it is a good or bad thing.
    Worth rereading from Max V:
    Diz Sends: Active Shooter Events and You
    July 2016
    The clock is still ticking and time and events advance. Today confirmed that no amount of soul searching will deflect bullits. And we continue looking at CW2. It really doesn’t matter who starts this; once it kicks off, we will all be sucked into the vortex.
    Per usual: McAuliffe beats the drum of gun control. Truly a swamp dweller.

  30. “We’re one mag dump away from CW 2.”

    • That may have to be modified to “we’re one mag dump by a competent shooter away from CW2.”

    • You are correct sir. Sadly. Like someone said earlier, imagine a different scenario, one in which players were on high ground in concealment with some reach and skills. Or some “players” with Mossberg bats in their bags?

      Whew. Allegedly (I say that because unless I was there I don’t truly ever know what went down) the security detail returned fire and prevented a massacre. Woulda permanently changed the batting order.

  31. Jimmy the Saint

    A socialist shot some people. Awww, that means a communist just got his wings.

  32. Fred Seymour, Jr.

    Let the games begin!

  33. This may be another angle as to why this occurred.
    Liz Cronkin discusses the connections with SGT Report in short clip.

  34. This is also strange but unconfirmed from Liz Crokin. Check out @LizCrokin’s Tweet:

  35. a follower

    So how many of you have lost your humanity?

    • Northgunner

      Ask that of Southern descendants who’s family members saw first hand the butchery of sherman and sheridan as they and theirs burned, raped and murdered their way through the South at the orders of America’s first Stalin, abraham lincoln.

      One only has ‘humanity/mercy’ for those who deserve it..’coyotes gotta eat, same as worms’!

      Yours in Daily Armed Liberty!
      Northgunner III

    • Northgunner

      Almost forgot…”And a partridge in a pear tree!”

      Yours in Daily Armed Liberty via anarchy!
      Northgunner III

  36. Another idea, posted by a commenter to Crokin, was that Rand Paul may have been the target, presumably due to his opposition to the Saudi arms deal.

  37. Fred Seymour, Jr.


  38. Northgunner

    My take is this, if the parasite class and their useful idiots want to exterminate themselves in a replay of the final scene of the movie, “The Wild Bunch”, let them!!!

    Just remember to stand clear as Tyrannosaurus govus Rex goes through its death spasms..and stay clear of it thrashing tail!

    Yours in Daily Armed Liberty via anarchy!
    Northgunner III

  39. Northgunner

    Hmmmm..looks like it’s time to re-visit Larken Rose’s essay, “When Should You Shoot a Cop?” and think about it in light of the question, “When Should You Shoot A Politician?”
    The,same argument definitely applies.

    Copblock – When should you shoot a cop?

    When Should You Shoot A Cop?

    Larken Rose – Having to explain the obvious about “When Should You Shoot A Cop?”

    For those who say’ “It’s NEVER ok to shoot a cop”, understand that you’ve just stated that you’re not a free’re a helot, a slave and that ‘Massa’ can do ANYTHING he/she wants to you or yours, or whatever ‘property’ they grant you the ‘privilege’ of using.

    Now, with that firmly in mind, ask that question to yourself again.

    Yours in Daily Armed Liberty via anarchy!
    Northgunner III

  40. He fired 50+ shots but only hit a few people. After doing some research on this, I found out the reason: instead of proper breath control, as he was shooting he was chanting “this is how Bernie can still win, This is how Bernie can still win…”

    So much empathy from the Left:

  41. “2nd Amendment is not for hunting deer, it’s for killing tyrants.”

    Members of tyrant class attacked by man with gun … arguably exercising his 2nd Amendment rights. I mean, does anyone doubt that the US Govt is tyrannical in nature?

    All Hell breaks loose.

    The Leftists win again. They identified an enemy, and then acted. It’s what they do.