A Republican congressman and three others are wounded by a gunman

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“WE ARE united in our shock, we are united in our anguish,” proclaimed Paul Ryan, the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, after a gunman fired on a group of Republican congressmen and their staff at a baseball practice in northern Virginia on June 14th. But that was not quite true even as Steve Scalise, a congressman from Louisiana who was shot in the hip, was being rushed into the operating theatre.

The shooting, which injured four people in all, was carried out by a 66-year-old man from Illinois called James Hodgkinson, who lived in a nearby van, hated Donald Trump and was shot dead by police. The attack, though distressing, was not unusual. Later in the day a 38-year-old man shot dead three people, then himself, at a UPS delivery centre in San Francisco. Reports suggest he had recently complained to the company about doing too much overtime.

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