Friday, 28 July, 2017

US Rep. Rodney Davis Not Injured In Virginia Shooting

GOP rep: Shooting a result of 'political, rhetorical terrorism' A Bloodied Rep. Davis Gives Impassioned Plea to End 'Hatefulness' in US Politics: 'This Has to Stop'
Melody Ballard | 15 June, 2017, 02:26

A lawmaker from downstate IL was among GOP congressmen at a baseball park in Alexandria, Va., when a gunman opened fire Wednesday morning but was not hurt, his office said. Paul said he was in the batting cage. "And what that rhetoric and that hatefulness has led to is member is Congress, I believe, having to dodge bullets today at a baseball practice for a game that we play for charity".

None of Utah's six members of Congress play in the game and all reported in safe. "That's political rhetoric that has run amok and it has turned into hate and it may be the reason that we saw the senseless tragedy that we saw today", said Davis.

Paul said Scalise's leadership role in the House was what warranted the security detail he credited with neutralizing the shooter.

President Donald Trump said in a statement, "The Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely".

Shimkus housemate in Washington, however, is GOP majority whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana.

Reports say some congressman were practicing on Wednesday morning when the shooting happened.

"I felt like it was an hour, when you are running away from gunfire and also trying to make sure your situational awareness is there too", said Davis.

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Rodney Davis, who represents the 13th Congressional District in IL, was among the members of Congress practicing at a Virginia baseball field when shots were fired Wednesday, his spokesperson confirmed, but he was not hurt.

"These guys were heroes and without them everybody would have been killed", the Senator said.

Despite being outgunned and wounded, they shot down gunman, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, who later died of his wounds.

Sen. Paul said Scalise was hit around 2nd base and that others were also hit. You can disagree with policy but you can't turn it into something personal.

"It's a sad testament of what I now consider political rhetorical terrorism", he said. We're better than we know we are, more united on the basics than we sometimes realize. "We have the right to elect our leader and vote for them if we disagree". When situations such as these occur, it is important that we pull together.

Listen to Representative Rodney Davis talk to reporters during a conference call in the early afternoon on Wednesday June 14.

"Eventually, we made it into an apartment building across the street where a Good Samaritan told three of us to come inside".

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