In wake of the shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, that targeted Republican lawmakers earlier today, some in Congress are calling for concealed carry reciprocity to apply to Washington, D.C. There is currently a bill in both chambers of Congress being considered on this issue.
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.
“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.