Coast to coast gun violence mars Flag Day in America

A shooting at the UPS facility in San Francisco left four people dead, including the gunman, while an apparently frustrated Bernie Sanders supporter used an assault rifle to open fire on Republican members of Congress but there is nothing patriotic about killing people here or abroad.

San Francisco Assistant Police Chief Toney Chaplin said a gunman killed three people at the United Parcel Service (UPS) Customer Center, a facility that employs 350 people, before turning his weapon on himself when confronted by police around 8:55 a.m. local time (11:55 a.m. ET). 

Conflicting reports say the shooter was taken to San Francisco General Hospital after shooting himself and his condition is not known, although he may be dead.

Chaplin said two other people suffered gunshot wounds and survived. Steve Gaut, a UPS spokesperson, said the shooter was a driver and in uniform.

James T. Hodgkinson died in custody after he unleashed a barrage of gunfire shortly after 7 a.m. at Republican members of Congress holding a morning baseball practice in a park in Alexandria, Va., wounding five people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (La.).

Voice of the People by James J. DevineThe Alexandria gunman died after a shootout with police officers, two of whom were wounded in the gun battle. Scalise remained in critical condition as of Wednesday afternoon, according to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where he and another victim were being treated.

Those wounded during the final practice before Thursday night’s scheduled charity game between Republicans and Democrats at Nationals Park also include a congressional aide, lobbyist and the two Capitol Police officers. Officials say the game will go on despite the attack and some representatives have conducted themselves with less partisan vitriol than the nation has gotten used to.

However, thoughts and prayers will not halt the epidemic of gun violence in America just as ending health insurance for millions of people will neither save money nor lives.

Sen. Bernie Sanders said, “We need a political revolution of millions of people in this country who are prepared to stand up and say, ‘enough is enough’.” and it is time to answer his call for action.

It is also time for politicians to moderate their rhetoric and get results. Republicans in recent years often failed to recognize the difference between politics and war while Democrats seem unable to see the similarities.

America has been in decline since 1980 and only a political revolution can turn things around.

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