"Be prepared, be trained, stay prepared. We never know when we will be called upon to be a hero rather than a victim."
We got lucky today folks. Not just the Republican Party, the nation. What happened in Alexandria, Virginia could have happened any place at any time - only not by anyone. This shooting was perpetrated by yet another hopped up nut ball who was consumed by hate. This was not a mental illness issue - it was the heart of a cold blooded killer.
What is the most disturbing about today's shooting is the ease in which it happened. America is ripe with targets of opportunity. Soft targets. People just doing their thing, be it shopping, going to church, a sporting event, you name the venue. Whatever people are doing, they don't expect to be in a war zone. Like today - Representative Scalise did not expect to be shot just by practicing for a charity softball game.
As bad as it was, today was a day for all of us to breathe a collective sign of relief. Without a very fast response by the Capitol Police, this could have been a massacre for the ages. This nut ball could have killed every Republican and staffer on the ball field. The prep died of his wounds. Other than that, every one else will most likely survive.
We have seen this time after time. No matter where the shooting is. Columbine, Sandy Hook, Paris, wherever. As has been said many times, the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Police cannot guard each of us every minute of the day. Never has been possible, never will be.
Clear headed people know what the solution is. We need more people who have carry permits. People who are totally trained if (God forbid) they ever need to use their weapon in self defense. The other thing we need to do is watch our national discourse. Saying on Facebook or other social media that you would like to burn down the White House, assassinate the President, or whatever, should be a red flag. When something like that is posted, the authorities should be notified immediately.
Yes, we got lucky today. Very lucky. We can't keep saying, "Better lucky than good" every time we "dodge the bullet" (so to speak). Be prepared, be trained, stay prepared. We never know when we will be called upon to be a hero rather than a victim.