The shootings of GOP congressional staff and aides early this morning at a baseball practice field in Alexandria VA indeed shocking. From the known facts, it seems to have been “Left-wing terrorism”, more like what could have happened in the 60s and 70s. There was an incident in 1954 where 5 congressmen were shot.
Also shocking is the partisan question of the attacker at a congressperson leaving early unaware of the attention, then shooting at people fielding ground balls.
Still, it’s surprising that only two Capitol Police officers were in the area to provide security. Both wounded, they acted heroically; without them, there might have been over 20 people in Congress assassinated.
The Washington Post has the latest details here.
Normally there is more perimeter security when a significant number of members of Congress, the Cabinet, judiciary, and the like are gathered together in one place.
We know what some people will ask about self-defense.
The shooter had claimed he was a Sanders supporter and had been strident on social media. There will be questions about the violent nature of the Facebook group he belonged to.