As the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) at a practice for the Congressional Baseball Game began to sink in, conversation about a possible pause in our toxic politics blossomed on the airwaves and social media.
Get up to speed fast: Scalise remains in critical condition after surgery, four others were shot — 2 police officers, a congressional aide and a former congressional aide — and suspected gunman James Hodgkinson is dead.
After a private briefing, Congress came together on the House floor in a moment of unity:
The chilling fact that the shooting may have been politically motivated adds to the complexity of the national conversation ahead. Lawmakers began talking publicly about the increasing volume of threats they receive.
And ABC's Pierre Thomas raised the issue of "travelers" — disturbed people "who are focused on this area, who come to this area from time to time, focused on the president, focused on Congress."
Go deeper: Full Axios coverage on today's shooting, in one post.
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