There is no surer way to seal the doom of the American democratic experiment than to resort to domestic violence. Protection form violence is the main selling point of the alt-right. So violent acts like the Alexandria shooter today bolster the arguments of those he intended to harm. 2018 is coming. Be patient. The tide is turning. Please, no violence.
That said, there are some things I would like to add on this incident.
#1 There is some irony in the fact that yet another mentally unstable person got his hands on an automatic weapon and, in this case, used it against those who actually made it easier for him to get the automatic weapon. So I ask the GOP members who vote with the NRA, do you still think this easy-to-get-guns policy is good for Americans? Introspect. Be honest with yourself. If they have influenced you via pocketbook or peer pressure, find a way to recognize that. Then come out and say something of substance.
#2 There is something weird about the cell phone video of the ballfield shooting. It starts with happy birds chirping. Then the birds naturally stop chirping after the very first gunshot. This means that the photographer first saw the shooter and took the steps to get his cell phone in camera mode. While seeing the shooter first may be the case, if it is not the case – it could mean that the cell phone owner knew this was going to happen today – and coordinated with the assailant to make sure some video got out.
We’ve not been told who the cell phone owner was, so this is probably just speculation. But, it’s a point worth investigating. If the gunman appeared suddenly without notice, how would the cellphone owner have known to shoot this video at its very onset. It seems to start at the very first shot – according to the birds.