Wisconsin lawmakers react to the Alexandria shooting

Posted at 7:30 PM, Jun 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-14 20:31:43-04

Wisconsin lawmakers all shared a similar message of unity following the Alexandria shooting which injured five, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

House Speaker Paul Ryan reacted to the shooting by telling fellow lawmakers, "An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us."

The Janesville Republican urged the House to stand united in their outrage over the shooting.

"We are all horrified by this dreadful attack on our friends and colleagues, and those who serve and protect this Capitol," the speaker said.

Ryan also praying for the shooting victims and praising Capitol police for their heroic efforts.

"It is clear to me," Ryan said, "based on eyewitness accounts, that without these heroes, Agents Bailey and Griner, many lives would have been lost.  

The shooting left lawmakers horrified and stunned.

"For me, this has shaken up my family," said U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy.

The Wisconsin congressman knows there are partisan differences but political violence will never be accepted.

"When we look at what's happened in this country," Duffy said, "we have not just seen political escalation talks and concerns about policy, this has become very personal."

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin agrees, and she was on MSNBC talking about the shooting.

Baldwin hopes both parties will stay united on how best to address the political vitriol 

"As we get into this debate, that we not retreat into partisan quarters, " Baldwin said, "and look at this as a collective challenge we have to be effective and accessible representatives of the people who sent us to Washington to their business.

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore tweeted: "Today's senseless shooting wasn't just an assault on our Republican colleagues, but an attack on our country & the United States Congress.”