Congress Seeks Normalcy, Heads Back To Work After Shooting

He said the best of America would shine at the congressional baseball game on Thursday night. The hospital says he was shot in the left hip, after which “the bullet travelled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs and causing severe bleeding”.Tensions about inadequate security for members of Congress flared during an all-member security briefing for lawmakers on Capitol Hill hours after Rep. Steve Scalise was shot during a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.The shooting in a Washington suburb – which came on the same day that a man shot five co-workers, three of them fatally at a United Parcel Service Inc. facility in San Francisco – is reviving the nation’s unsettled debate over gun control, one in which Mr Scalise has played a leading role.Those wounded included House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., a congressional aide, two Capitol Police officers and a lobbyist. Because of his leadership position, he had a security detail – the two Capitol Police officers who, despite their wounds, exchanged fire with the gunman and were credited with stopping him.”While the president would like to attend the game and show his support for all of these fearless public servants, he has been advised that there is not enough time to follow Secret Service protocols”, he said in response to a question.The morning after visiting Scalise in the hospital, Trump said the congressman’s challenges are “more difficult” than first thought.”Anytime there’s a tragedy, it just once again amplifies the problem with gun violence in our country”, said Lucy McBath, whose son, Jordan Davis, was shot to death four years ago in a dispute over loud music.He dragged himself away from the infield, leaving a trail of blood before colleagues could rush to his assistance.”The surgical team probably went in and bypassed arteries or veins that were injured and repaired them and took care of the bleeding”, said Dr. John Hunt, the LSU trauma medical director at University Medical Center.”This shooting is an attack on all who serve and on all who participate in our democracy”, said former Rep. Congressman ScaliseHospital officials said Wednesday evening that Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, was still in critical condition after being shot. Thompson offered his appreciation for the bravery of the U.S. Capitol Police. Scalise remained in critical condition this morning.Steve Scalise is the third-highest ranked member of the Republican leadership in the House, and has the hard job of trying to keep order in the fractious party ranks and rounding up votes for bills.”I am proud to live in a country where expressing a strong opinion is a right, and one that I exercise regularly”, Congressman Tim Ryan, who plays shortstop for the Democratic congressional baseball team, told CNN.”We stand up to this kind of conduct, we push it aside and we move forward”, Brooks said.Zach Barth, a staffer for Republican Congressman Roger Williams, and Matt Mika, director of government relations for Tyson Foods, were wounded in the attack. They were members of Congress. While the top lawmakers, including Scalise, have security details, others do not and they regularly appear in public without protection.A small prayer vigil was held in the rotunda where Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards called the acts of the shooter cowardly and encouraged members of the legislature to keep those injured in the shooting and their families in prayer.