Arizona Senator Jeff Flake said the same thing, as did Rand Paul, in regards in being defenseless and not able to shoot back. In terms of the response, I'm sure the Capital Police returned fire as soon as possible by Jeff Flake said that the shooter had a tactical position in a dugout, making it very difficult to return any fire.I listened to Mo Brooks (Ala) interviewed on the radio this morning. He complained that it was not good to have somebody shooting at you and be defenseless with nothing to shoot back. He complained about the slow response of the security team (I am sure they responded as quickly as they could engage the threat) and then praised the security team's bravery.
He said he saw the shooter only for "a second," but he was a white male, middle aged, not thin or overweight.
That is all he had to say that is not just a rehash of what others have to say.
One other point that is not being reported much - this was a GOP event. All Republicans.
Mo Brooks corrected the interviewer that said the same thing to him and said the shooter was behind the dugout, using it for cover, not in the dugout.Jeff Flake said that the shooter had a tactical position in a dugout, making it very difficult to return any fire.
I was thinking the same thing. Since he got Scalise in the hip, I assumed that he didn't have any shooting skills, a poorly setup scope, didn't count for bullet drop, etc. It was also interesting that, assuming, the reports that the shooter asked if it was Republicans or Democrats playing, that Republicans were specifically targeted. Any any rate, with 25 or so congressmen on the field and only a two hit with no-lethal shots, it doesn't sound like the shooter was any type of marksman.I have to say that the shooter must have piss poor skills, given the result. He had the initiative, surprise, and a long rifle against human targets on a field with no cover.
We'll be hearing from the Dems today for sure. I'm surprised that they haven't held a press conference and introduced legislation on the floor already.So does this result in renewed interest in a AWB? Conversions on the Republican side to "see the light" about a ban now they they have been on the receiving end of an attack?
Supposedly he moved around, but I agree, it doesn't seem likely that he was ever off the field and thus far enough away for any appreciable bullet drop. Initial reports had him starting from behind a building which I thought was off the field.Bullet drop? He was behind a dugout behind third base. The Congressman was second base.
Well, I am sure more facts will come out and everything we think is true will turn out to be false . . . that's how these early reports go.Supposedly he moved around, but I agree, it doesn't seem likely that he was ever off the field and thus far enough away for any appreciable bullet drop. Initial reports had him starting from behind a building which I thought was off the field.