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THE LAST OF THE BLUE DOG DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE IS NOT AT ALL AMUSED BY 2020 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY CANDIDATE BETO O’ROURKE’S PROPOSAL TO FORCIBLY CONFISCATE AR-15 AND AR-15-STYLE RIFLES. THE WAY WEST VIRGINIA DEMOCRATIC SEN. JOE MANCHIN TELLS IT, THE NO-HOPE 2020 CANDIDATE IS A BIGMOUTH WHO IS DOING MORE THAN ANYONE TO ADD TO THE PERCEPTION THAT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS HOME TO LUNATIC GUN-GRABBERS.GUN RIGHTS GROUPS IN CANADA SAY THEY'RE MOBILIZING MEMBERS BEFORE THE OCT. 21 ELECTION. A RE-ELECTED LIBERAL GOVERNMENT WILL BAN SOME TYPES OF "ASSAULT-STYLE" RIFLES, AS WELL AS INTRODUCE ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS ON WHERE FIREARMS CAN BE POSSESSED OR STORED, ACCORDING TO BILL BLAIR, WHO HAS BEEN THE PARTY'S POINTMAN ON GUN CONTROL. THE PLANNED MEASURES WILL BE ANNOUNCED "VERY, VERY SHORTLY" AS PART OF THE LIBERALS' CAMPAIGN PLATFORM, BLAIR SAID IN AN INTERVIEW WITH THE FIFTH ESTATE. TWO SHOOTINGS IN WASHINGTON, D.C. LEFT TWO PEOPLE DEAD AND SEVEN INJURED LATE ON THURSDAY, REPORTS BY POLICE AND SEVERAL MEDIA OUTLETS SAID, AS AUTHORITIES ON FRIDAY HUNTED FOR A PAIR OF SUSPECTS FROM ONE OF THE ATTACKS LIKELY ARMED WITH AN ASSAULT RIFLE.BETO O’ROURKE LIT INTO SENATE MINORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER ON GUN CONTROL ON THURSDAY, ACCUSING HIM OF DOING “ABSOLUTELY NOTHING” ON THE ISSUE. “ASK CHUCK SCHUMER WHAT HE’S BEEN ABLE TO GET DONE,” THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE TOLD REPORTERS AFTER A TOWN HALL HERE, RESPONDING TO SCHUMER’S RECENT DISMISSAL OF O’ROURKE’S CALL FOR A MANDATORY BUYBACK OF ASSAULT WEAPONS. “WE STILL DON’T HAVE BACKGROUND CHECKS. DIDN’T HAVE THEM WHEN HE WAS IN THE MAJORITY, EITHER. SO THE GAME THAT HE’S PLAYED, THE POLITICS THAT HE’S PURSUED HAVE GIVEN US ABSOLUTELY NOTHING AND HAVE PRODUCED A SITUATION WHERE WE LOSE NEARLY 40,000 OF OUR FELLOW AMERICANS EVERY YEAR.”PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ON THURSDAY POURED COLD WATER ON PROSPECTS FOR A BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE ON GUN LEGISLATION, EVEN AS ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR CIRCULATED A DRAFT PLAN ON CAPITOL HILL TO EXPAND BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR GUN SALES. IN A FOX NEWS INTERVIEW THAT AIRED THURSDAY, TRUMP SAID NO DEAL IS IMMINENT, MORE THAN SIX WEEKS AFTER MASS SHOOTINGS IN TEXAS AND OHIO KILLED MORE THAN 30 PEOPLE. “WE’RE GOING VERY SLOWLY,” TRUMP SAID, ADDING THAT WHILE HE DOESN’T WANT “BAD PEOPLE” TO HAVE WEAPONS, HE WON’T ALLOW ANY PLAN TO MOVE FORWARD THAT TAKES GUNS AWAY FROM LAW-ABIDING PEOPLE OR RESTRICTS SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS.

‘I’m not supposed to be here’: Remembering and recovery two years after the congressional baseball shooting

KTVQ.COM (via CNN News) June 14, 2019 –  Two years after a gunman nearly killed him, Matt Mika’s ribs hurt when the weather gets too hot or cold. Some of his fingers feel swollen all the time, and the nerves are still growing back in his left hand.

Mika, who was shot at a Republican congressional baseball practice two years ago Friday, has made a full recovery, but says his life is forever changed by the event.

“There’s a close bond between everyone who was on the field that day, from members of Congress to staff, that no one can ever understand or break,” Mika told CNN in a recent interview.

On June 14, 2017, a man who posted online about hating conservatives and President Donald Trump fired a semi-automatic rifle and a semi-automatic handgun at Republican lawmakers, staff and coaches practicing for an upcoming charity baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia. The shooter fired at least 70 rounds before he was killed.

Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana was gravely wounded, and his determined recovery has been widely reported on, but for the four others who were struck by bullets and shrapnel, their road to recovery has been largely out of the spotlight in the years since the attack.

Mika, a lobbyist, nearly bled to death from bullet wounds to his chest, millimeters from his heart, and his left arm. Zack Barth, who works for Texas Rep. Roger Williams, was shot in the leg. Crystal Griner and David Bailey, both Capitol Police officers who returned fire on the shooter, were wounded — Griner was shot in the ankle, and shrapnel hit Bailey.

Griner and Bailey, who were on Scalise’s protective detail, have been hailed as heroes for their actions that day.

Capitol Police officials declined to make the officers available for interviews, but Mika and Barth described their paths to recovery in interviews with CNN, giving a picture of long-term impacts of the shooting and the lessons they have learned. While their stories are different, both agreed that the violence that day showed the need for a return to civility and respect in politics.

“Hopefully people will learn the lesson from that day, but I’m afraid that they won’t,” Barth said.

In the days leading up to the two-year anniversary, Scalise tweeted his gratitude to the Capitol Police officers.

“I think about the heroes when I think about June 14, 2017. This morning, I was honored to welcome one of those heroes—Special Agent Crystal Griner—back to the field at our #CongressionalBaseballGame practice. We’ll forever be grateful for the courageous action of Capitol Police,” Scalise tweeted Wednesday.

This year’s congressional baseball game with be held on June 26.

Mika, a lobbyist who works at Tyson Foods, said his wounds were so serious that “I’m not supposed to be here.”

“You don’t suffer that type of chest wound and make it,” he said.

The first bullet went through his right side under his arm and came out through his chest, missing his heart by less than half an inch. The second bullet hit his left arm when he was lying on the ground by the SUV that Bailey and Griner were using to take cover and return fire. The shot severed a nerve. [Read More]

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BREAKING :
THE LAST OF THE BLUE DOG DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE IS NOT AT ALL AMUSED BY 2020 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY CANDIDATE BETO O’ROURKE’S PROPOSAL TO FORCIBLY CONFISCATE AR-15 AND AR-15-STYLE RIFLES. THE WAY WEST VIRGINIA DEMOCRATIC SEN. JOE MANCHIN TELLS IT, THE NO-HOPE 2020 CANDIDATE IS A BIGMOUTH WHO IS DOING MORE THAN ANYONE TO ADD TO THE PERCEPTION THAT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS HOME TO LUNATIC GUN-GRABBERS.GUN RIGHTS GROUPS IN CANADA SAY THEY'RE MOBILIZING MEMBERS BEFORE THE OCT. 21 ELECTION. A RE-ELECTED LIBERAL GOVERNMENT WILL BAN SOME TYPES OF "ASSAULT-STYLE" RIFLES, AS WELL AS INTRODUCE ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS ON WHERE FIREARMS CAN BE POSSESSED OR STORED, ACCORDING TO BILL BLAIR, WHO HAS BEEN THE PARTY'S POINTMAN ON GUN CONTROL. THE PLANNED MEASURES WILL BE ANNOUNCED "VERY, VERY SHORTLY" AS PART OF THE LIBERALS' CAMPAIGN PLATFORM, BLAIR SAID IN AN INTERVIEW WITH THE FIFTH ESTATE. TWO SHOOTINGS IN WASHINGTON, D.C. LEFT TWO PEOPLE DEAD AND SEVEN INJURED LATE ON THURSDAY, REPORTS BY POLICE AND SEVERAL MEDIA OUTLETS SAID, AS AUTHORITIES ON FRIDAY HUNTED FOR A PAIR OF SUSPECTS FROM ONE OF THE ATTACKS LIKELY ARMED WITH AN ASSAULT RIFLE.BETO O’ROURKE LIT INTO SENATE MINORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER ON GUN CONTROL ON THURSDAY, ACCUSING HIM OF DOING “ABSOLUTELY NOTHING” ON THE ISSUE. “ASK CHUCK SCHUMER WHAT HE’S BEEN ABLE TO GET DONE,” THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE TOLD REPORTERS AFTER A TOWN HALL HERE, RESPONDING TO SCHUMER’S RECENT DISMISSAL OF O’ROURKE’S CALL FOR A MANDATORY BUYBACK OF ASSAULT WEAPONS. “WE STILL DON’T HAVE BACKGROUND CHECKS. DIDN’T HAVE THEM WHEN HE WAS IN THE MAJORITY, EITHER. SO THE GAME THAT HE’S PLAYED, THE POLITICS THAT HE’S PURSUED HAVE GIVEN US ABSOLUTELY NOTHING AND HAVE PRODUCED A SITUATION WHERE WE LOSE NEARLY 40,000 OF OUR FELLOW AMERICANS EVERY YEAR.”PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ON THURSDAY POURED COLD WATER ON PROSPECTS FOR A BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE ON GUN LEGISLATION, EVEN AS ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR CIRCULATED A DRAFT PLAN ON CAPITOL HILL TO EXPAND BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR GUN SALES. IN A FOX NEWS INTERVIEW THAT AIRED THURSDAY, TRUMP SAID NO DEAL IS IMMINENT, MORE THAN SIX WEEKS AFTER MASS SHOOTINGS IN TEXAS AND OHIO KILLED MORE THAN 30 PEOPLE. “WE’RE GOING VERY SLOWLY,” TRUMP SAID, ADDING THAT WHILE HE DOESN’T WANT “BAD PEOPLE” TO HAVE WEAPONS, HE WON’T ALLOW ANY PLAN TO MOVE FORWARD THAT TAKES GUNS AWAY FROM LAW-ABIDING PEOPLE OR RESTRICTS SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS.