Tweets From Republican Who Was At The Shooting Come Back At Him Real Fast

James Hodgkinson, 66, opened fire at an early-morning practice ahead of a charity baseball game on Wednesday, critically wounding House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and injuring four others before the U.S. Capitol Police took down the assailant in Alexandria, Virginia. The shooting gripped America as it was condemned on both sides of the aisle. Hodgkinson was a Bernie Sanders supporter who hated Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. At the scene of the shooting was Sen. Rand Paul, who in 2016, tweeted, “Why do we have a Second Amendment? It’s not to shoot deer. It’s to shoot at the government when it becomes tyrannical!”

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That tweet did not go unnoticed by Twitter users.

Rand Paul left a statement on the shooting.

In 2015, Scalise, who has an A+ rating with the NRA, tweeted, “We fought Pres. Obama & his liberal lieutenants’ ammo ban & they backed down! We will always defend our #2A rights.”

We do hope that Scalise pulls through and we strongly condemn this act of violence so by posting his old tweet, we are in no way justifying an attack on elected officials. It’s just the irony of it all that’s amazing.

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