Gunman attacks Republican congressmen

  • 14 June 2017
  • NormanL

The attack on a group of Republican congressmen practicing for their annual baseball game against their Democratic colleagues is still breaking news. We know there have been serious injuries, including Rep. Steve Scalise, a congressional staffer, and at leats one member of Scalise's security detail.

There are also theories the attacker may have been targeting Republicans

This incident, like others before it, will inevitably lead to calls for more, and more restrictive, gun control measures. Does this attack make a difference? No, it shouldn't.

Until we know the attacker's motives and how he obtained his weapon, all we have is guesswork and allegation. That offers fodder for a lot of hot takes on social media. It is also a terrible way to make policy, particularly with regards to the Second Amendment.

Representative Mo Brooks -- who was in the on deck circle at the baseball diamond where the shootings occured --  was asked whether this was a time to reconsider gun control. His response:

"I'm not changing my position on any of the rights we enjoy as Americans."

Shootings, regardless of where or why they occur, are terrible things. A motivated individual, armed with a firearm, or knife, or, as we have seen in Europe, a truck or a bomb, can cause enormous damage, suffering, and loss of life. Evil exists, it finds a way to inflict harm and will employ whatever tools are available to do so.

But such incidents should not shake our principles. We can support measures that promote responsible, safe, and lawful gun ownership. That is in the public interest, and in keeping with the Second Amendment.