Bernie supporter shot and killed at Republican gathering

Can’t we all just get along…
without Republicans?

James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois … [a Bernie Sanders supporter and, yay!, not a Muslim] has died from his injuries [after being] shot … by police …. [story]

Did the police take the law into their own hands?
Did they over-react and inject themselves into what was clearly a political fight?
Then again, if only the police had firearms, this never would have happened.


  1. Posted June 14, 2017 at 12:07 pm |

    Nice headline.
    You trying to get a job at CNN?

  2. DougM (flawed)
    Posted June 14, 2017 at 12:25 pm |

    ^ *heh* Over-qualified

  3. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted June 14, 2017 at 12:48 pm |

    I heard the Congressional Dems held a prayer session. Given their banning of “God” from their last convention, I have to believe they were praying they wouldn’t be next, and that the shooter was a member of the Tea Party.

    Meanwhile, when our carpetbagging Governor Terry McAwful heard of the shooting in his state, the asshole Clinton Bagboy spewed “We have too many guns on the street”. Very heavy iron there, when the shooter was a Prog from Gun Control paragon Illinois, and none of the shooter’s targets had a gun to defend themselves with.
    What a total douche bag; like most Progs.

  4. Posted June 14, 2017 at 12:49 pm |

    What a difference – we had the shooter’s name in 23 minutes, if it would have been a Muslim probably would be another 24 hours.

  5. DougM (flawed)
    Posted June 14, 2017 at 1:16 pm |

    dick ^^
    Mebbe they’re praying for no retaliation.

  6. Daemon
    Posted June 14, 2017 at 1:41 pm |

    Given the little heat wave we’ve been having in the DC area, I’ve been half expecting someone to claim he just “went crazy from the heat.”

    Maybe so. I’m pretty sure he was feeling the Bern.

  7. Posted June 14, 2017 at 5:57 pm |

    ^^ 3 Dick
    The dims were praying that they don’t take too big a political hit from this.
    On another note, I am struck by the graciousness of the, always willing to cross the aisle, Republicans. As a cynic, I wonder how gracious the dimocrats would have been if the whack-job shooter had been a right winger and shot up the dimocrat team? I’m thinking, not at all, but they would have seen this as a golden opportunity to completely destroy the Republican party. But then I’m cynical, so …

  8. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted June 14, 2017 at 6:43 pm |

    ^ bo1921 But then I’m cynical, so …
    Cynical? Not all. You are so right on, your hammer drove that nail home in one stroke.
    They would have been up in arms, demanding repeal of the 2nd A NOW, demanding more **spit**”commonsense”**spit** gun control laws, calling all Reps “haters” and “violent”, which they’ve been doing pretty much non-stop since the crowning of The Prince of Division; just not all at once.

    If this lawless, violent reaction to Trump keeps up or escalates, there will be retaliation, more then they can imagine, not from hotheads like the now dead asshole of today’s atrocity, but from good people with a cold anger.

    After Virginia Gov. McAwful used the occasion of a crime and a tragedy to make political hay to blame guns, rather than offering sympathy for victims, I wanted to smack his smarmy face and remind him it was HIS side that did this.

  9. Dave
    Posted June 14, 2017 at 6:48 pm |

    ^ Yep.
    And that SOB Sanders needs to go pronto. He needs to get called out loud and long.

  10. Joe Bandmember ® ≠ "damn right I'm not equal to that" ™
    Posted June 14, 2017 at 9:40 pm |

    The first shots of a civil war, my friends. Be prepared.

    Those who seek to disarm us do so in order to enslave us,
    kill us, or both.

    History shows NO exception.

  11. Paladin
    Posted June 15, 2017 at 7:00 am |

    Ann Coulter actually has a decent opinion piece on this.

  12. staghounds
    Posted June 15, 2017 at 8:01 am |

    He can’t be a Democrat-

    1. “Hodgkinson was trying to get his daughter to leave the 19-year-old female friend’s house, but things got physical when she refused to leave. He was accused of grabbing her hair and pulling her to the floor. Police said they found hair that had been ripped out of the girl’s head. The daughter tried to flee in a car and police said Hodgkinson reached in, turned off the car and cut her seat belt. He then punched the female friend in the face with a closed fist, police said. ”

    Democrats are all about ending violence toward women!

    2. “When the friend’s boyfriend tried to intervene, police said Hodgkinson hit him with the wooden stock of a shotgun and then chased him, firing a shot that did not hit anyone.”

    Democrats are all about getting guns off the streets!!

  13. Paladin
    Posted June 15, 2017 at 11:34 am |

    His childhood friend, Dale Walsh, told the News-Democrat that Hodgkinson was a “fun-loving guy” who was passionate about his views. He said Hodgkinson “never backed down” and “stood his ground” on his convictions, but didn’t know him to be an extremist. He said Hodgkinson “got in fights,” like “most guys do.”

    Walsh said, “It took me by surprise to hear what happened. I want people to know he wasn’t evil.”

    Yeah, I even heard that Hitler liked puppies, and could be a heckuva nice guy.

    That’s the thing about evil. It doesn’t walk around with cloven hooves smelling of brimstone. (Unless it’s Gloria Allred)
    Trying to kill people because they don’t think the way you do… yeah, I’m going out on a limb here and call that evil.