Virginia Attacker Targeted Republicans?

Representative Jeff Duncan, who was present at the GOP Congressional baseball practice in Virginia that was attacked this morning, leaving five people wounded, told FoxNews that he was asked by a strange man this morning whether the baseball players on the field were Republicans or Democrats.

I left a couple of minutes before this all happened, and as I was getting into my car…there was this guy that walked up to us that was asking whether those were Republicans or Democrats out there. It was just a little odd. Then he kind of walked toward the area where all this happened…. He was not carrying anything at the time, but from where the shots were, I would think that that would probably have been staged. Because there was no one obviously walking around with a rifle at the time. But it was just a little odd that he kind of really walked up to us to ask….

This is…where we’ve been doing the practices…. It’s been something that’s been going on for years and years.

Has #TheResistance actually taken up arms against the Republic generally, and Republicans in particular? Lord knows, the left has been stoking the fires of hate against conservatives and libertarians for decades now (Anyone remember president “BusHitler“?)

Just this weekend, there was a flap about a production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in New York that featured a very Donald Trump-like Julius Caesar who (spoiler alert) gets murdered by his erstwhile friends and allies because they fear his popularity with the masses. Also this weekend: Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) called Trump supporters “racists” who backed “white supremacy”:

And many of us are wondering, why were so many people who worship at the altar of white supremacy drawn to Donald Trump’s campaign? What was it about this individual that so many folks dripping in hatred flocked to his candidacy?

That’s not to say that every American who voted for Donald Trump is a racist. We do know that every racist in America voted for Donald Trump.

It’s safe to say that if you’re on the left, predisposed to see Trump as Literally Hitler, you’ve enough rationalizations floating around in the mainstream media, and from mainstream politicians, to convince yourself that it’s time to saddle up against those Republicans.

That certainly fits a narrative. We won’t know for sure yet, though, until we know the person responsible for the attack. And as yet, there has been no confirmation on the shooter’s identity. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Al.) was quoted as describing the attacker as a “white male” “a little bit on the chubby side“.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who was also present, said, “without the Capitol Hill Police, it would have been a massacre. We had no defense, no defense at all. We are lucky Scalise [the House Majority Whip] was there, this was his security detail. Without them this would have been a massacre. There was no stopping this guy. It was a wide open field, it’s a killing field.”

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  1. avatar Gman says:

    Needless to say since most of the players traveled from D.C., they were disarmed by their government and thus had no defense. When will this insanity end?

    1. avatar Ragnarredbeard says:

      Could a sitting representative just carry a pistol with no consequences? They rarely get arrested for stuff, and even more rarely get any punishment.

      1. avatar Gman says:

        Funny thing about POTG, we kind of try to obey the law. I don’t know about you, but I’m not willing to take a chance which might lead to a permanent loss of my natural, civil, and Constitutionally protected right to bear arms.

        1. avatar Somebody says:

          There are also those who exercise civil disobedience. They prefer being tried by 12 over carried by six. We don’t like to talk about them, but they exist.

      2. avatar Pat says:

        A sitting representative would probably get away with it. The DC MPD firearms office is highly political. They claimed that one rep with an AR was legal since it did not have a bolt carrier. That is total BS as they would hang a citizen with anything over an 80% and no bolt carrier or barrel even out to dry. You can bet if you attempted to posses a non FOPA AR with no bolt carrier in DC you would be in jail with the key thrown out.

        But more to the point, about 3/4 of the personnel there were staff, not elected members. If you live in Virginia like most of the staff does, and have a carry license it is very very risky to carry since if you have any commute to DC, or are called to DC for any reason, you will be committing at least one, likely two felonies in DC even if you lock your firearm unloaded in your trunk. Even if in fact if you make a wrong turn on a road near DC

  2. avatar Tom Moscone says:

    Republicans need to accept responsibility. They didn’t have a enough Good Guys with Guns™ to prevent the shooter from hitting several people, its definitely their fault. Scalise should apologize to the American people and make sure that all his staff stay armed at all times to prevent this sort of embarrassment from happening again.

    1. avatar Pat says:

      Where they were was effectively a “gun free zone” there in northern Virginia, because if you are proximate to DC and/or might go into DC, you will be committing a felony in DC even if you unload and lock your Virginia carry firearm.

      Essentially these people at this northern Virginia game were deprived of their second amendment rights to defend themselves because of DC laws — laws that have no affect on criminals and only harm the law abiding.

      Heck, if you drive into DC with an expended souvenir shotgun shell you are committing a felony, that they will prosecute even if you have never committed any other crime in our life.

      And more to the point — there not one single proposal by the gun control lobby that would have impeded this shooter. This is an SKs, you could legally own one in DC even before Heller. they are legal and popular in Canada. Shooter was 100% qualified owner under “universal background check”

  3. avatar T says:

    I don’t understand why the “gun free” zones signs didn’t stop the shooter.

    1. avatar Nigel the expat says:

      I know, right?

  4. avatar Danny Griffin says:

    We do know that every racist in America voted for Donald Trump.

    Wrong. There are a lot of racist Democrats. I know from personal experience.

    1. avatar Ragnarredbeard says:

      Several are sitting in Congress right now. And one in the past was a KKK Grand Wizard.

      1. avatar Danny Griffin says:

        Byrd was a Kleagal, not Grand Wizard.

        1. avatar Kyle says:

          and no longer sitting, in fact i pretty sure, He’s 6 feet under.

        2. avatar Hank says:

          There’s also no such thing as a “Grand Wizard.” There are Grand Dragons (county leaders) and Imperial Wizard (leader of the entire state wide Klan). Leftists should consult with Google or Wikipedia before spouting off as “experts.”

        3. avatar Hank says:

          Oops, didn’t mean to imply you or Ragnarred are Leftists. I just hear a lot of tripe originating from the Left that a simple visit to Google would correct.

        4. avatar Ragnarredbeard says:

          So you’ve studied the Klan? Interesting.

        5. avatar RocketScientist says:

          “So you’ve studied the Klan? Interesting.”

          Oh Christ… seriously? I’ve read Mein Kampf and the communist manifesto. What of it? You know you’ve really lost the thread when you criticize someone for educating themselves on a topic they’d like to have an opinion on. Kinda like all the anti-gunners who don’t know a clip from a magazine from a shoulder thing that goes up. “Oh. So you’ve actually held a gun and read about how they work? Interesting…”

        6. avatar Pat says:

          “Ragnarredbeard says:
          June 14, 2017 at 10:54
          So you’ve studied the Klan? Interesting.”

          WTF?? Studying groups like the Klan, much more recent and recently hyper violent like the Black Panthers, Weathermen, as well Hitler, or the much more prevalent left advoates of mass violence like as Pol Pot, Stalin, Mao, Che whatever, are important to knowing the enemies of democracy.

          Your statement shows YOU are part of the problem. If you had studied the Klan you would understand how Black Lives Matters uses identical narrative types!

  5. avatar NYC2AZ says:

    Who couldn’t see something like this coming? Now we can all watch those in the media and on social media that have practically called for this type of attack to move the goal posts and claim to be pure as the driven snow.

  6. avatar ACP_arms says:

    I’m going to take a guess and say that since the shooter asked “whether those were Republicans or Democrats out there” that the shooter leans left.

    1. avatar ACP_arms says:

      Can someone that has a Facebook account look up James T. Hodgkinson that posted on the FB group “Republicans Suck” page. I don’t have a account so I can’t get past that page. If it’s the same Hodgkinson that did the shooting he’s a (D).

      1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

        I found his FaceBook page. Here is one of Mr. Hodgkinson’s posts dated March22:

        Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.

        I would paste the actual post here but I do not seem to have the ability to do so.

        1. avatar ACP_arms says:

          Thank you.

  7. avatar Omer Baker says:

    “What was it about this individual that so many folks dripping in hatred flocked to his candidacy?”

    One word: Hillary.

    1. avatar BDub says:

      If people are “dripping with hatred” perhaps they should stop dumping buckets of hater on people. Just a thought.

  8. avatar Norincojay says:

    The resistance has never been about Trump. It’s about republican policy. The MSM and leftist celebrities have taken some sort of moral high ground above republican policies in general. As we have seen the leftist believe violence is acceptable because their end goal is so morally righteous. The MSM has been pushing this same narritive along with some democrat politicians.

    The MSM, leftist celebrities and some democrat politicians hold some responsibility for this. Just as “they” tried to lay blame on the right for the pizza place guy.

  9. avatar John says:

    So, only pols and rich people are allowed armed protection, and even then, some get shot. Another successful hunt in a gun free zone. Let the pols be at risk like the rest of the citizens. Leave the capitol police at home.

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      This attack occurred in Virginia which has shall-issue concealed carry and constitutional open carry of handguns. I do not consider Virginia to be a “gun free zone”.

      1. avatar Timothy says:

        I think the baseball diamond was a Gun Free Zone

      2. avatar James Earl Hoffa says:

        Yes but the sporting Arena that they were all practicing at has dozens of gun-free zone signs I even saw one in an interview with a reporter that was on the scene. I was laughing because it was CNN I believe preachers of the left propaganda and in the background you could make out a gun free no weapons Zone sign. Me and a couple of my family members were sitting around and my young daughter actually made out the letters on the sign and said Daddy that sign says gun and weapon free zone and I said well this shouldn’t have happened then period and laughed. Just goes to show you that those gun free zones don’t do anything to keep you safe there are a waste of expense for the metal pole in the aluminum sign. I’d like to smack a couple of those Democrats right in the forehead with one of those signs and be like are you safe now LOL.

      3. avatar Pat says:

        That area of Virginia is one mile from DC. From anyone who works in DC, or might be called into DC, or inadvertently drive into DC it is effectively a gun free zone.
        Whether you are a congressional aid, plumber, off duty or retired Virginia cop even, with your Virginia carry license, if you unload your firearm and lock it up in a strong box in your car before heading to DC, you are committing multiple felonies in DC by just having it there. Ammo not “registered” DC is additional felony, and possession of a 12 round mag for a pistol would be an additional felony.

  10. avatar Ed says:

    AND…..The Govenor of Va. was just on TV running his mouth already on the need for more gun control. WTF. I thought the people of Va. were smarter than the ones in Ma. Guess not.

  11. avatar Kyle says:

    Wouldn’t surprise me a bit, i’ve always said, that as mad as the conservatives may be, the left is actually the ones who will go to guns first.

    They’ll lose, but they’ll draw down first.

  12. avatar BLAMMO says:

    Clearly an act of POLITICALLY-MOTIVATED DOMESTIC TERRORISM!!

    Now, let’s see how long it takes to admit it.

  13. avatar Somebody says:

    If the resistance has in fact taken up arms, they are premature, as lots of the leftist MSM is desperately trying to keep it about the NRA instead of party politics. The NYT is doing a decent job culling the craziest of the leftist comments. Anything they can do to distance their party from the perpetrator.

    Looks like their chosen angle is going after Scalise’s A+ NRA rating and calling it ironic.

    1. avatar James Earl Hoffa says:

      This is a trend this happened in the early 80s when Jimmy Carter lost to Ronald Reagan. What did the left liberal politicians do they went further left. These hacks always do the same thing when they lose an election that they were promised to win by the liberal Progressive globalist media propaganda machine. Instead of moving more sinner party they always go left after huge defeat. This in turn will probably be the death of the Democratic Party. My reasons for saying this are as follows – when the party has a great loss in the past and now in the present they moved more and more and more radically left which undermines their funding. This is because moderates that support the Democratic Party choose to turn to the Republican Party when the Democratic party loses a huge race and they move so far left that the moderates can’t get on board with their political activities anymore so they turn right and become Republicans this is happened over time since as far back as the 1950s you can research all of this on Google and Wikipedia. This is basically going to take the all the moderates and move them into the Republican party and strengthened the Republican party because moderates have Deep Pockets and they donate and contribute large sums of money to the Democratic party which will no longer be available to the Democratic party from the moderates. It’s more less at Ace in the Hole for us Republicans. Come on moderates time to join the party that isn’t clinically insane. God Bless America God bless the men and women that were shot today God bless our law enforcement and God bless our President Donald J Trump.

  14. avatar Chris T in KY says:

    It was a Bernie Sanders supporter who shot black people in Oregon. It was a proud black homosexual who murdered a TV reporter in Virginia. Another proud homosexual shot up a christian anti-abortion office.
    We will see who is responsible very soon.

    1. avatar The Brig says:

      Oh, I’m sure it’s going to be explained as being the fault of straight white conservative men, Bush, Trump, and probably even globalclimatewarmingchange, all backed by the uber-powerful NRA and chemtrails. Once the MSM and the lefties get done celebrating the latest act of violence against conservatives, they’ll start pumping out the BS as usual.

      We, on the other hand, will keep waiting for the facts before acting. Also as usual.

  15. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    ABC news just reported (around 11:05 a.m.) that the attacker was specifically targeting Republicans/Trump because of their political positions including repeal/replacement of Obamacare.

    Once again, we have a Progressive/Democrat sympathizer who carries out a violent attack.

  16. avatar former water walker says:

    Just as the DIMS exploited Muslim terrorism in Orlando they WILL exploit this political assassination attempt. This is much more serious than Newtown or Orlando…the reporting is retarded-“automatic pistol”.

  17. avatar Chris T in KY says:

    Ladies and Gentleman we have a name.
    Shooter identified by law enforcement officials as James T. Hodgkinson.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/2017/live-updates/public-safety/updates-shooting-at-congressional-baseball-practice-in-virginia/shooter-named-as-james-t-hodgkinson/?utm_term=.b60cfa0624bb

    Now what is his political affiliation?

    1. avatar ACP_arms says:

      Bernie supporter.

      1. avatar Chris T in KY says:

        I’m not surprised?

    2. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      Political affiliation: Progressive Socialist!

      On his FaceBook page, he lists Bernie Sanders as a Progressive and Hillary Clinton as “Republican Light” … I kid you not!

      Up above, I copied and pasted the words in one of his FaceBook posts, “Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.

      1. avatar James Earl Hoffa says:

        yeah that’s some funny stuff this goofball put up on his Facebook account. Yeah in reality the Democratic party has imploded upon itself due to its leadership or their lack of. as Republicans and people of the gun we need to be very very leery when out and about. Like I used to tell my specialist in Afghanistan Keep Your Head on a swivel and your situational awareness at a 10 plus. This kind of crap is not over with we all need to have our bug out bags ready and are AR-15s cleaned and ready to go. if enough of these nutjobs get it in their Twisted little brains to try more of this stuff we the people will have to step forward in support of our local law enforcement and help put down this Uprising before it turns into a full-fledged coup exclamation point.

  18. avatar Peter Wolf says:

    From the London Telegraph: The gunman who opened fire at the congressional baseball practice this morning has been named as James T Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, by law enforcement officials.

    Mr Hodgkinson, 66, owns a home inspection business.

    He is understood to be in custody.

    UPDATE: Suspect is in custody and not a threat. PIO will be onscene shortly to share updates.

    — Alexandria Police (@AlexandriaVAPD) June 14, 2017
    Mr Hodgkinson was vociferous on social media about his dislike for Donald Trump and reportedly volunteered on political campaigns for Bernie Sanders.

    Charles Orear, 50, a restaurant manager from St Louis, told the Washington Post he met him during a campaign in Iowa.

    “He was this union tradesman, pretty stocky, and we stayed up talking politics,” he said. “He was more on the really progressive side of things.”
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/14/baseball-shooting-james-t-hodgkinson-gunman-opened-fire-congressional/

  19. avatar flip says:

    “AND…..The Governor of Va. was just on TV running his mouth ”

    Yeah, McAulliffe quoted as saying “We lose 93 million Americans a day to gun violence.” When questioned a moment later about his number, he repeated “93 million a day.”

    McAulliffe will never live that gaffe down.

    1. avatar James Earl Hoffa says:

      This moron got his statistics from the same place all these liberal progressives like Hillary Clinton do a crackerjack box if 93 million Americans died every day from gun violence within six or seven months we would just have a handful of people living here that’s ridiculously retarded.

    2. avatar Pat says:

      You are being unfair to poor Terry McAullife. Before being Va. governor he was the most successful DNC political contribution vacuum in DNC history, bundling hundreds of millions of dollars for the Clintons.

      Terry simply misspoke. What h meant to say, was that as first out of the box with a gun control angle, he expected to get $93 million from Bloomberg, After all he strategized with bloomberg recently in pouring Bloomberg money into Va Legislative races, outspending the NRA 14:1 in the most recent elections.

      $93 million from Bloomberg will help Terry move forward on his 2020 presidential plans, so forgive him the misspeak.

  20. avatar CLarson says:

    I’ve been mulling over Sen. Rand Paul’s comments about this almost being a massacre. Imagine if the attacker had managed to kill several congressmen or senators. We would be having a major political crisis that would drag on for months, especially if there were Democratic Governors appointing Democrats to slain Republican seats. Maybe that was the terrorist’s plan? It was divine providence that there were 2 armed people (Capitol Police) who were able to trade shots with the shooter until more police could respond. We might have dodged a civil war here, folks, and I am not sure that is hyperbole.

  21. avatar El says:

    Too soon for any finger-pointing and wild conjecture.

    Nobody who was there was sure if the guy asking about political affiliation and the shooter were the same guy.

    Let the liberals spout off about stuff they know nothing about. We should wait and watch, then sound wise when we speak to what actually happened.

  22. avatar James Earl Hoffa says:

    The congressman that they interviewed the one that left the baseball field early and was approached by a person of interest this Congressman gave a complete description that matched exactly to what the gunman was wearing his eyeglasses his hat that he had on and then later identified the picture that the police gave of the suspect to the congressman he positively id’d him as the shooter. This was politically motivated Act of terrorism against our country’s Republican leaders. He’s just like every other Bernie Sanders supporter that I’ve met fruit cakes. I think it’s high time that the president enact a FBI investigation into the Democratic party leadership and their followers before something like this happens again these people are preaching hate you can see it on every News Channel especially that moron suppose it comedian that cut the head off of a mannequin representing Donald Trump our president. That in itself should have landed her ass in federal jail. These leftists Liberals are preaching hate same as the Ku Klux Klan and every other terrorist organization in the world the Republican party needs to snow that the Democratic party is funded partially by known jihadists terrorists. Hillary Clinton took money from a company based in Saudi Arabia whose ran whose chief executive officer is known to be a member of the al-Qaeda terrorist organization that should say it in itself. Time to start an algorithm to start scanning public media and social media accounts for possible threat assessment on these groups like black lives matter Shannon Watts the Brady campaign and don’t forget Hillary Clinton the Clinton Foundation which is laundered money since its onset I like what they did to the Haitians in Haiti to took all that money in and gave none of it to the Haitians that were wiped out at the time. You want to talk to someone that hates Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation talk to any person that’s from Haiti and they’ll tell you what the Hillary Clinton stands for a bunch of promises which later turned into bull crap.

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