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PRESIDENT TRUMP ISN’T MUCH OF AN OUTDOORSMAN, ASIDE FROM GOLF. BUT MAYBE MORE THAN ANY PRESIDENT SINCE TEDDY ROOSEVELT, HE UNDERSTANDS THE IMPORTANCE OF OTHERS GETTING OUTSIDE TO BOAT, HUNT, FISH, SHOOT, AND HIKE AND THEIR DEMANDS FOR ACCESS TO FEDERAL LANDS AND WATERWAYS. “HE’S BASICALLY SAID, ‘GIT-R-DONE,'”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’D SWEAR HE’S CONSIDERING A RUN FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. CUBAN’S FIRST ACT, IF HE SHOULD EVER ACQUIRE SUCH POWER AND AUTHORITY, WOULD BE TO REWORK THE 2ND AMENDMENT TO SAY EVERY CITIZEN IN THE UNITED STATES HAS THE RIGHT TO OWN A GUN, WHICH CONSIDERING THE NUMBER OF FIREARMS IN THIS COUNTRY IS ESSENTIALLY THE WAY IT IS NOW.

‘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 :
PRESIDENT TRUMP ISN’T MUCH OF AN OUTDOORSMAN, ASIDE FROM GOLF. BUT MAYBE MORE THAN ANY PRESIDENT SINCE TEDDY ROOSEVELT, HE UNDERSTANDS THE IMPORTANCE OF OTHERS GETTING OUTSIDE TO BOAT, HUNT, FISH, SHOOT, AND HIKE AND THEIR DEMANDS FOR ACCESS TO FEDERAL LANDS AND WATERWAYS. “HE’S BASICALLY SAID, ‘GIT-R-DONE,'”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’D SWEAR HE’S CONSIDERING A RUN FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. CUBAN’S FIRST ACT, IF HE SHOULD EVER ACQUIRE SUCH POWER AND AUTHORITY, WOULD BE TO REWORK THE 2ND AMENDMENT TO SAY EVERY CITIZEN IN THE UNITED STATES HAS THE RIGHT TO OWN A GUN, WHICH CONSIDERING THE NUMBER OF FIREARMS IN THIS COUNTRY IS ESSENTIALLY THE WAY IT IS NOW.