Alan Gottlieb, the Founder and Executive Vice President of the Second Amendment Foundation, said that the Wednesday shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise (R-LA) at a baseball field is a result of Democratic hate speech toward the Trump Administration and GOP members.
“This hate speech that has been going on since Donald Trump was elected,” said Gottlieb in a press release obtained by GunsAmerica. “It gets their voter base agitated and this is what happens as a result. Is this just a coincidence this happened on the president’s birthday?”
The man responsible for the shooting has been identified as James Hodgkinson. The 66-year-old Illinois resident was a volunteer for Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign. On his Facebook page, Hodgkinson published a series of troubling remarks since the election of President Trump.
“Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy,” he wrote on March 22. “It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.”
Earlier this week, Hodgkinson called for the impeachment of President Trump.
“Trump is Guilty & Should Go to Prison for Treason,” Hodgkinson wrote.
“When liberal leftists support the assassination of President Trump on stage what do you expect to happen,” Gottlieb stated. “Hate speech and actions incite this kind of violence. It is time for Democrats like Reps. Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Chuck Schumer, Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton and many of the talking heads at CNN and MSNBC to shut up.”
Hodgkinson was killed during the attack by two Capitol police officers who were at the congressional baseball practice guarding Scalise, the House majority whip. At least five people, including Scalise and the two patrolmen, were injured during the shooting.
“Congressman Scalise and others at the field this morning were lucky to have the protection of courageous Capitol police officers, the good guys with guns who took down a bad guy with a gun,” said Gottlieb. “But what if they hadn’t been present?”
Gottlieb said that this incident should be a wake-up call for those who oppose concealed carry.
“Maybe now the anti-gun rights Democrats will support everyone’s right to carry a firearm for self-defense,” Gottlieb said. “We are the first line of defense when it comes to personal protection from crazed individuals.”
“I can only concur with what President Trump said this morning,” concluded Gotlieb. “We are blessed to be Americans, and we are strongest when we are unified and when we work together. Those responsible for this campaign of hate have no place in our society. You own this.”