police respond to gun shots on Capitol Hill

Lock and load

| Words have consequences, and all the incendiary, uncivil, and divisive talk in Washington, on talk-radio, and on talk-TV has begun to provoke violence.

Last night, Representative Sean Duffy (R-WI) was assaulted while walking back to the Capitol for a vote. It was a minor confrontation in which a person began screaming at him and grabbed his arm. No one is saying with the kerfuffle was about, but it's no great leap to imagine it has something to do with the government shutdown.

This afternoon in a completely unrelated event, shots were fired in front of the Capitol, causing the building to go on lock-down. A female suspect, who was trying to ram the gates of the Capitol and of the White House, was killed and a policeman injured. (The news reports have not been clear whether the woman was shooting or whether the shots were fired by the police in the skirmish.)

An email from the Capitol police advised those in the building to "[c]lose, lock and stay away from external doors and windows. Take annunciators, emergency supply kits and escape hoods; and move to your office’s assigned shelter-in-place location or the innermost part of the office away from external doors or windows.”

We interrupt this broadcast for a question: What in the world is an "escape hood"? Sounds like a tin-foil hat that you put on just before you drink the Kool-Aid.

We may never know what the woman's motive was and what she was thinking when she did this with a young child in the car with her.

At the risk of practicing sociology and psychology without a license, I'm willing to say that all the vitriole and tension over "Obamacare" and the government shutdown are contributing factors. How much worse does it have to get before the chowderheads in Washington come to their senses and get the government's work done? I can predict with confidence that if they don't do it pretty soon these two incidents are just omens of much worse things to come.

Last updated on Apr 29, 2016

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