Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), who was present and unharmed at the morning practice session for tomorrow’s Congressional Baseball Game with fellow Republican colleagues, issued the following statement:
I was on the field at the congressional baseball practice, but I’m okay. This was a senseless act of evil. Please pray for those who were shot and their families. There were a lot of heroes here today.
Following the shooting, Loudermilk recounted the shooting to members of the press and called for his fellow lawmakers to be able to conceal carry in Washington, D.C.“There are several things to look at,” Loudermilk said to reporters. “First of all, if this had happened in Georgia, he wouldn’t have gotten too far. I had a staff member who was in his car, maybe 20 yards behind the shooter… who back in Georgia carries a nine millimeter in his car. I carry a weapon. He had a clear shot at him. But here, we’re not allowed to carry any weapons here… Most of us are here in D.C., so how are you supposed to have it here?”“I think we need to look at some kind of reciprocity for members here,” Loudermilk said. “But also we need to look at security detail. If Scalise hadn’t been on our team, it would have been really bad.”
Rep. Steve Scalise–the House Whip and third in line–was injured, along with two Capitol Police officers, and a Congressional aide. The gunman died at the local hospital sustaining his wounds.
As Senator Rand Paul said earlier today, had armed Capitol Police not accompanied Rep. Scalise today there it would have been a massacre.
As a fellow Resurgent writer wrote, more Republicans should start packing heat where legal and hopefully in D.C. This shooting was too close to home for many of us who live in Alexandria, VA. Let’s hope all four injured individuals have a steady and healthy recovery following this horrific event.