Loaned Wolf Shoots Congressman Scalise!
The Loaned Wolf James Hodgkinson Shoots Congressman Steve Scalise at a Virginia Baseball Game!
Unpredictable tragedy!?? Doubt it!
In 1969, one of my long-term patients at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington D.C. asked me if he could leave Richardson Ward for a weekend pass. I asked him why he was hospitalized in this federal psychiatric hospital. He understood why I was asking the question. He sheepishly answered: “But I am much better now!”
“True,” I replied but added, “Why did the Secret Service bring you to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital?”
“Because I threatened to kill the President!”
“And what else?” I asked.
“I made a mistake and shot someone instead.”
“How many people did you kill?”
“ A few… not a lot..” patient replied, hesitantly.
“You shot thirteen people in cold blood.”
The patient did not respond. He eventually died on that ward from presumably natural causes. The patient’s fate was determined by his own actions and the reactions of the stalwart Secret Service who had to monitor any and all possible ‘aberrant behavior’ and ‘miscreant activities’ among the Washington DC population [and nation].
The tragic shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise [R-LA] by James Hodgkinson underscores how freakish these type of incidents really are. The story goes that James was a loner from Belleville, Illinois. The narrative continues that he was a strong Bernie Sanders supporter. He also worked on Bernie’s presidential campaign. Ironically, Bernie believed in gun control. Unfortunately, James was able to purchase a rifle and gun with the proper ID. Police in his hometown had warned him not to shoot his gun around his quiet suburban neighborhood.
We are led to believe that nothing in this narrative indicates a calculating assassin who went out of his way to scout out Congressman Steve Scalise’s routines and activities. Why Scalise from the state of Louisiana? Is there more info that we need to understand regaring this incident? Does the public understand the congressman’s strong stance against child trafficking. What else is going on in the Swamp currently? Sessions hearings among other things.
There is no question in my mind that Mr. Hodgkinson spent over a month in Virginia monitoring the behavior and activities of the third most powerful Republican congressmen. The assailant knew how to target a large number of Republican Congressmen practicing baseball for a charity event in Virginia, a state into which he had purposefully moved into in order to execute a mass killing of Republicans or other targets of opportunity [baseball field in Alexandria, Va.].
In the words of Dr. Rand Paul [R-KY]:
“The field was basically a KILLING FIELD! Thanks to the brave actions of the Capitol Police they prevented many deaths.”
So who might be responsible in this particular tragedy? In principle, one would have to say that no one is really culpable. However as usuaI, I have to add a qualifier.
The state of Virginia prides itself on a tight gun control and efficient law enforcement. I beg to differ with their carefully