A training session for the joyous bipartisan Congressional Baseball Game on Wednesday morning took a dark turn when a gunman opened fire on the Republican team while they were practicing for the game. Since then, numerous heartfelt tributes to the victims of the shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, have begun spreading across the internet.
Five people were rushed to hospitals after the attack, though thankfully, none of their injuries have been fatal, and all are expected to survive. The victims include House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, who was shot in the hip and whose presence at the field is the reason that the Capitol Police force was there and able to react so quickly. The others who sustained injuries were two Capitol police officers named David Bailey and Krystal Griner, congressional staffer Zack Barth, and former congressional staffer Matt Mika, who is now a lobbyist for Tyson Foods.
Although the country's political divide is at and all time high — a gulf reflected more prominently in Congress than anywhere else — we can at least all agree that violence is absolutely the wrong way to solve the nation's problems. As the Alexandria shooting victims and their loved ones begin the path towards recovery, here are some of the best tributes that have come out for them so far.
1The First Tribute
When the Democratic team heard the news while they were practicing at another location, they took a moment to think about their colleagues who were so needlessly put into harm's way.
2A Wish For The Future
This shooting has proven, yet again, that Martin Luther King Jr.'s words on the subject are still so relevant.
3A Message Of Togetherness
Many have responded by blaming one side or the other for the attack, but that's not what will help.
4An Important Thank You
Endless gratitude for the selfless and brave first responders in Alexandria and all around our fragile world.— andy lassner (@andylassner) June 14, 2017
Without the brave actions of the Capitol Police, this could be a far greater tragedy.
5Good Wishes From Across The Aisle
Horrified by what happened in Alexandria this morning. My heart goes out to Steve Scalise, staffers, the US Capitol Police & their families.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 14, 2017
Sen. Harris is only one of many congressional Democrats who have extended their support.
6Support From The White House
Thank you to the first responders who rushed in to help protect those who were hurt in Alexandria, VA. My thoughts & prayers to everyone!— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) June 14, 2017
First lady Melania Trump was quick to send a message of gratitude and well-wishing.
7A Reminder Of Today's Other Significance
Today is Flag Day, although now it will be remembered for something else too.
8A Public Tribute
That flag speaks for a lot today.
9Violence Is Never The Right Choice
We need to talk to each other; not threaten violence; not make jokes about attacking each other; not kill each other. So sad. #Alexandria— Per Lichtman (@PerLichtman) June 14, 2017
Violent rhetoric is also just as out of line, and dangerous.
10One Very Fitting Tribute
The game is a charity event, after all — so donating to its charities would be one way to honor the victims.
11"Choose To Be A Light"
This is good advice for everyone.
12A Note From The Resistance
Let's repeat it again: violence is never the answer.
13Thoughts From A Well Known Liberal
Prayers and thoughts in Alexandria, with Steve Scalise and his family, and all affected. Horrible.— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 14, 2017
A well known liberal, and an extremely eloquent one.
14Another Voice From Blue America
The shooting in Alexandria this AM was a senseless horrific act. My thoughts are with Rep. Scalise, the Capitol Police & all those impacted.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) June 14, 2017
George Takei did not break his pattern of speaking out against senseless violence.
15A Message From The Top
Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2017
The president was quick to respond to his friend's injury, and he's also made a public statement about shooting, calling for unity in the country.
16From Gabrielle Giffords, Who Knows The Courage It Takes To Recover
May we all come together with prayers for the survivors, love for their friends and family, and the courage to make this country its best. pic.twitter.com/2CIOnOh2su— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) June 14, 2017
Giffords, a former Congress member who was the victim of a horrific shooting in 2011 while speaking to constituents at an event, responded with empathy and strength.
17More Gratitude For Capitol Police
I want to thank our brave Capitol Police & first responders in who saved countless lives in #Alexandria today & who protect us every day.— Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) June 14, 2017
D.C. police officers' quick response likely saved many lives on Wednesday, and many people thanked them for their bravery.
The shooting was a tragic start to the day, and we'll surely finding out more information about it in the coming days and weeks. For now, we can stand together with the people who are most in need of support.