Federal, state leaders react to shooting of Congressman in Alexandria

Throughout the day, local members of Congress were quick to react to news of the shooting at a Republican baseball practice in Alexandria.

Throughout the day, local members of Congress were quick to react to news of the shooting at a Republican baseball practice in Alexandria.

Like many of us who heard the news of Wednesday morning's shooting, our local politicians went through a range of emotions, including confusion, chaos, sadness and anger.

“Obviously the fact that this happened in Virginia, that adds a special level of you're heart sick about it,” democratic Senator Tim Kaine said.

He described feeling sick to his stomach when a staffer told him his colleagues were the target of a gunman at a baseball practice.

“It reminds everybody that we're pretty vulnerable and so I'm thinking about my own family and the Congressional families, who worry about those of us who serve,” he added.

Virginia Beach Congressman Scott Taylor was also in Washington, D.C. Wednesday morning. He heard the news the same way many of us did--when his phone starting going off with calls and tweets about the shooting.

“I think the first thing is you wonder if everyone is ok,” he recalled.

As the shock wears off, many on Capitol Hill have now turned to thinking about the implications of what happened and the lack of security for our elected representatives.

“It doesn't matter what side of the aisle you're on. we want to make sure that people are safe,” Rep. Taylor explained. “I do think it should cause a rethinking and a reevaluation of security for Congressional members.”

While it is still early in the investigation, questions linger if the tense political climate played a role in motivating the gunman. Wednesday, many politicians, including Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, preached unity amid the violence.

“We're the greatest nation on earth and there has been too much, I believe, raw discourse in this world today and it's pulling people apart, in general, and we need to work together," he said.

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