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Would-be gunman launched into
Trump tirade before shooting

Associated Press, by Ben Finley & Jim Salter

Original Article

Posted By:JoniTx, 6/17/2017 12:13:11 PM

ALEXANDRIA, Va.- For three months, James T. Hodgkinson lived out of a white cargo van in a gentrified neighborhood just miles from where U.S. laws are made. Fellow YMCA patrons saw him there most mornings working on his laptop. One bartender said he spent many evenings quietly sipping cans of Budweiser by himself. The Bernie Sanders supporter told his wife he had an interest in tax policy, and he sold his Harley motorcycle and home inspection business before making the trip in March. By Tuesday, he seemed ready to come home, asking a mechanic to make sure his tires would survive

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 6/17/2017 12:24:16 PM     (No. 11289534)

FTA: "This man was just so passionate and hateful toward (President Donald) Trump," said Crist Dauberman, recounting Hodgkinson´s profanity-laden tirade....It was more than the average person who had maybe voted for Hillary. This was different. It was deeply rooted to where his whole tone and composure changed. His voice got loud and deep. There was so much anger in it."

If you weren´t convinced before that Hodgkinson intended a mass political assassination, this description should convince you. If Steve Scalise had for some reason decided to not show up at the field on Wednesday, that is likely what would have happened, since he was the only one with security.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: hoopsfan, 6/17/2017 12:58:36 PM     (No. 11289565)

Did the FBI get around to declaring a motive, or are they still checking some things out?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: greggojo, 6/17/2017 12:58:37 PM     (No. 11289566)

My God poster #1 is exactly right. Had the now critically wounded Stephen Scalise not been there, it would have been a terrible massacre. And Hodgkinson would have gotten into his van and driven back to Illinois. .

As for the article, it is informative and well written. (And not politically biased which is so unusual given that these are reporters for the AP.) (It would be unusual from any msm reporters these days.)

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Scout Finch, 6/17/2017 1:00:17 PM     (No. 11289567)

The article states no known links to any radicalized groups. Oh but he was--the Democratic party.


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Reply 5 - Posted by: ida lou pino, 6/17/2017 1:05:36 PM     (No. 11289571)

I´m as puzzled as #2 is.

What possibly could have been his motivation? We may never know.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: earlybird, 6/17/2017 1:33:01 PM     (No. 11289596)

The headline is not accurate. He ranted against all Republicans, Republican policies. The list he had with him indicated the names of at least 3 Republican lawmakers. Trump was just part of it. But AP has never been interested in accuracy in media, has it…

It’s my guess he was an angry, irritable little man for a long time. A short (5’5 on the police booking photo from the past), stocky. And a beer drinker.

In the evenings, Hodgkinson became a bit of a regular at the Pork Barrel BBQ restaurant just a few blocks from the ballfield where he opened fire. He always drank alone, and always drank cans of Budweiser - sometimes just one, sometimes as many as six, said Kristina Scrimshaw, a bartender at the restaurant. He rarely spoke.

It doesn’t take much beer to make an irritable drinker turn nasty. No good at rational discussions, they brood over their beers. Then at some point, they explode. He had a history of that.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: redwhite&blue2, 6/17/2017 2:06:52 PM     (No. 11289624)

What does "would-be" gunman mean?

"Would-be"???

Tell that to the shooting victims...

Did I tell you I find the ass-press despicable?

Prayers for Scalise et al....


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Truth, Justice, and MAGA!
Drain that Deeeeep Swamp!!!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Kayworthy, 6/17/2017 2:18:48 PM     (No. 11289631)

I wonder if there is a Terry Nichols to go with this Timothy McVeigh.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: mamafrog, 6/17/2017 2:23:24 PM     (No. 11289636)

It is time to remember that there are many similarities between Trump and Sanders supporters. They both feel the people running our country have forgotten about them. There will probably be more violence like this - a country with a very angry minority will produce a few people who feel they can make a difference by resorting to violence.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: thelmalou, 6/17/2017 3:39:40 PM     (No. 11289687)

The FBI will work on the motive as soon as they figure out the motives for the Chattanooga, San Bernardino, and Orlando shootings.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Hazymac, 6/17/2017 9:25:34 PM     (No. 11289915)

One of the shooter´s neighbors described him as a contentious, irascible, opinionated, miserable SOB, someone you´d never want to encounter in the flesh. In my brief but educational foray into leftism the active radicals I met were to a man and woman unpleasant people, intolerant of any thinking independent of their beloved Rousseau, Marx, Marcuse, and Ken Galbraith. Collectivists and redistributionists one and all. Back then they wanted only to jail their opponents (Nixon, et al.); nowadays their fringe has gone as far beyond that as you can go.

The police are not ubiquitous. (Nor should they be in a free society.) The main responsibility for our safety rests with us, not law enforcement. They might be there in time to save lives after our distress calls; they might arrive in time to draw chalk outlines around the dead.

Any mass shooting by anything less than a platoon of attackers can be foiled by one or several friendlies with mohaskas and cool heads. Criminals are never going to be without guns. Will their intended victims lose their right to self defense? If the Left has its way, yes.

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