By Greg Bintz, Aviator staff writer 

In the Wednesday morning hours in Alexandria, Virginia, Republican congressmen were enjoying a baseball practice when at 7:09 (E.T.), they heard BANG BANG BANG. Shots broke out and all heck broke loose. The shooter, identified as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, shot for nearly 10 straight minutes (ABC News). The shooter has deceased from his injuries.

The victim, identified as Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., is still alive but in very critical condition after having surgery early in the afternoon. Scalise was shot while standing near second base.

Once again, it’s time to reflect and unify for the U.S.

First, the shooter is deceased because of his injuries and has been found to have problems against specifically Republican movements, events, etc. Now, I don’t really care about his motive. The point is this: Even though the Republicans wear red and the Democrats wear blue, guess what? They represent the colors of the United States of America. In shorter terms: two teams, one congressional team.

After all, it is perfectly fine for Democrats to have different opinions from Republicans; that’s why there’s two political parties. In the end, though, the listeners of the person speaking their opinion need to respect the opinion. Otherwise, tension grows (ex: presidential debates).

Second, our leaders in Washington came up to the plate and smashed a grand slam of support and hope. Not long after the shooting, President Trump and VP Pence were “notified of the situation”, according to a statement from Sean Spicer. A couple hours after the notification, Mr. Trump went on television and delivered a message that included an update on the situation, but also a message of why the U.S. needs to be unified. 

In the early afternoon hours, House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke to Congress about how a tragic event not only affects one person, but how it effects everyone, maybe an entire country. In his speech, Speaker Ryan is quoted by this statement: “An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us” (

And couldn’t that sentence be truer? Didn’t we as a country learn that from events like the Ground Zero bombing and the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center? What about the Sandy Hook shooting? I mean, there are millions of people who look at the thousands of names on those memorials. Unification is the most important thing right now for this country, and tons of people claim that. Yet, what do events like these do? Absolutely. NOTHING.

As Robert Kraft says, “We are all Patriots”. And it’s not just because his football franchise’s team name is the Patriots. There’s a meaning behind it. That meaning is we are one nation, we all share the colors that are on the flag that we should all be prideful of, and we are one group of people who work and play in the same force.

In conclusion, it says it right in our Pledge of Allegiance: “One Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”