Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA) was critically injured in June by a gunman who opened fire on a number of GOP congressmen practicing for a bipartisan charity baseball game. He seemed to be doing well and his condition was improving each day.
Scalise’s health seemed to have him on the mend, but now the recovering representative has been readmitted to the ICU due to an infection. His status is listed as “serious.” (via USA Today)
Scalise was originally transferred out of ICU on June 22 after his condition had improved sufficiently. He was shot in the left hip where the bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones and piercing internal organs. When he had first arrived at the hospital, he was described as being on the verge of death and required several surgeries. On June 23, his staff announced that he was improving and going into a period of rehabilitation as doctors helped control internal bleeding and prepared for operations to repair the wounds in his abdomen.
Yet, since then his health has deteriorated, he has been taken back to the intensive care unit due to concerns over an infection. The hospital released a statement saying they will provide an update on Thursday.
He was one of five people hospitalized after the shooting. James Hodgkinson, a pro-Bernie sympathizer and fervent critic of conservatives, stated before his bullet-infested rampage that, “Trump is a traitor. Trump has destroyed our democracy. It’s time to destroy Trump & Co.” (via Business Insider)
He managed to fire 60 rounds at the GOP team before Scalise’s personal security detail was able to take him down and eliminate him as a threat. Hodgkinson died of his injuries soon thereafter.
Police found a piece of paper on his body with a list of GOP congressmen. They also discovered he had email correspondence with two Democrat senators from his home state, both of whom refused to release those emails to the public.
Since then, there has been a significant response, with many people coming to visit the ailing Scalise, including President Trump and Vice President Pence. Members of Congress have passed legislation that allows for $10 million in funding for security guards and personal protection for congressmen in the wake of the shooting.
Democrat Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri is one of many who would like to see increased security. Even before the shooting Cleaver felt threatened, through receiving death threats, racist insults, angry voters screaming in his face, as well as someone attempting to firebomb his office.
“I don’t want to overstate the threats,” he said. “But we only talk about it after a tragedy, and if nothing is done now the next time it happens — not if it happens again — then people will say well it’s probably time for us to do something.” (via The Times-Picayune)
Another member of Congress, Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS), said these security concerns have made him reluctant to engage publicly with his constituents. He is sticking to phone meetings for now.
“Members of Congress are being shot in broad daylight because of what they believe in. Of course we’re going to be concerned,” he said.
The tense political climate in the United States is leading to more and more violence. This is just one example, and it happened to be against GOP congressmen. Groups like Antifa are leading some of the violence against conservatives and Trump supporters. Violence will continue to occur, and we must be prepared.
Please keep Steve Scalise in prayer as he recovers.