Ga. Congressman Blames Shooting on Heated Rhetoric, Not Guns

Randolph Lopez
June 15, 2017

"I was playing third base, and Jeff Duncan (R-SC) and I made a decision to try to get on the road a little early to beat the traffic", said Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL).

According to reports, members of the Republican Congressional softball team were practicing when an armed gunman opened fire.

On her front porch just across the street from the field in a trendy, family-friendly neighborhood, Reba Winstead heard a dozen shots. "I do well with the glove at third base but not well enough to stop bullets", DeSantis quipped, "that's just the reality". Hodgkinson was highly critical of Republicans and President Trump and had a history of violent encounters. The congressman said both his own security team and local law enforcement have expressed concerns about violence at town halls.

DeSantis said he was "shocked" to learn of the shooting, and that his thoughts and prayers are those who were injured.

"I've had a number of my colleagues tell me you are lucky you left when you did because you would have been the first one in the line of fire and so I don't know that that's really sunk in yet", said Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis.

U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Okeechobee, also left the practice early so he could drive two of his sons to their last day of school.

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Most members of Congress do not have their own security.

He wasn't carrying anything, DeSantis said.

Jeff Duncan, who I ride with, from SC, he had done.

Rooney said the Republican team has used the same field for practice for several years. "We just said a prayer for our colleagues and are holding to leave Dem baseball practice". DeSantis later told CNN that Duncan responded to the man that those practicing were Republicans. "That was probably five, ten minutes before the shots were fired".

Senator Lindsey Graham showing gratitude in his post saying: "A hearty thank you to the us capitol police for the job they do in protecting members, staff and visitors each and every day".

Other House Republicans who were still on the field when the shooting occurred gave their accounts of the shooting to various reporters and TV networks, tearing up as they recalled how Capitol Police officers took down the gunman and saved their lives.

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