I’m often humbled and humored by the hyperbole that people say about my character or personhood. If I were really as tough as the Chuck Norris Facts say I am, and if I were given a tough-guy award tomorrow, I would immediately hand it over to four more stellar candidates whose acts of heroism truly stopped a massacre.
We all were deeply appalled and grieved this past week as a murderous coward opened fire on U.S. congressional members in Virginia, who were doing nothing more than practicing for a charity baseball game. Moreover, there is something pathetically and additionally tragic when Americans are gunned down while simply playing the “great American pastime.”
Five people were wounded in the attack, including two Capitol Police officers I will mention momentarily. Only the shooter died. There were many acts of courage and heroism that day, but I want to highlight four in particular.
Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., took a bullet for all of us. He was shot in the hip, but it resulted in many internal injuries. After four operations since being hospitalized, Steve’s condition was upgraded Saturday from critical to serious, and he even watched a Louisiana State University baseball game.
He and his wife, Jennifer, have sacrificed love and family – and now life and limb – while serving our country, and they deserve the highest of honors and commendations. They and their two children need our continued prayers, especially this Father’s Day weekend. You can follow Steve’s latest progress updates on his Facebook page.
What Steve and his family have suffered is an example of the heinous brutality and downright criminality that some on the far left are willing to unleash on conservatives. It is such a sad commentary on our degrading culture when ISIS-like beheadings of the president are regarded as comedy and his assassination is regarded as theater.
Steve, who is also the House of Representatives majority whip, is an example of the type of politician we actually want to serve in Washington. Consider the actions and results he has made to reduce spending and big government since becoming a representative for Louisiana in 2008, as outlined on his congressional website:
- Ensure that billions of dollars in BP Clean Water Act fines are dedicated to the Gulf Coast through the “RESTORE Act” so we can fully restore our coastal ecosystems and economies in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
- Passing a conservative alternative to President Obama’s “Buffett Rule” that was supported by outside groups like Americans for Tax Reform.
- Banning the implementation of radical climate-change regulations, saving millions of taxpayer dollars.
- Defunding many of President Obama’s czars.
- Eliminating redundant, costly and time-consuming trips for nearly 2 million American transportation workers by reforming the TWIC card process.
- Defunding the wasteful spending of the Open World Leadership Center.
- Holding the Obama administration accountable for blocking American energy development through the moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico.
- Reforming the FCC by eliminating unnecessary and burdensome mandates on the telecommunications industry.
On Friday, Jennifer Scalise issued a statement about her beloved husband, including this commendation to those who saved his life and the lives of all the other representatives playing baseball that day:
Most importantly, we are forever grateful for the heroism of Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey, who saved the lives of everyone at the baseball field that morning, including Steve’s. Crystal and David have been family to us for years, and we ask that you continue to pray for their full recovery.
What amazing courage Special Agents Griner and Bailey showed. While others ran from the shooter, they ran toward him, just as so many other peace officers do across our great country every day. Both were wounded in the battle (Griner was shot in the ankle) as they drew the gunfire toward themselves and deterred the shooter’s attention and bullets from congressional representatives.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who was playing baseball with his congressional colleagues, said it would have been a “massacre” without the Capitol Police.
He added: “I can tell you that I think with absolute certainty nobody would have survived without the Capitol Hill Police. They saved everybody’s life, incredibly brave, and deserve everyone’s praise. …”
Crystal Griner is described on Heavy.com as “a woman to be reckoned with.” Griner was a National Honor Society member in high school, continually on the honor rolls, and a biology major in college. She graduated from Hood College, in Frederick, Maryland, where she was a “ferocious athlete,” as one former classmate explained.
Heavy.com also explained that David Bailey “has been working as a United States Capitol Police Officer for over nine years. His LinkedIn page says that as a Capitol officer, he is ‘responsible for the protection of members of Congress, officers of Congress, and their families as expanded by statute to the entire United States, its territories and possessions, and the District of Columbia.’ As part of his job, Bailey also prevents, detects, and investigates criminal acts and enforces traffic regulations. His page reveals that he was an administrator at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Falls Church, Virginia, from 2005 to 2008. Bailey, as with Griner, is 32.”
The Daily Beast reported: “Griner and Bailey are veterans of those special teams, and have spent years on Capitol Hill earning the admiration of high-profile politicians. Both agents previously served on the security detail of former Majority Leader Eric Cantor. ‘[Griner’s] an incredibly able and professional individual who always takes her job and responsibility seriously,’ Cantor told the Daily Beast. ‘It is not surprising to hear of her heroism and bravery during this horrible attack.'”
A third Capitol Police officer, Henry Cabrera, is often overlooked by mainstream media because he wasn’t wounded, but he also helped take down the shooter and deserves our praise.
Breitbart news reported: Cabrera is “a U.S. Army veteran, according to his Facebook page. His page features a picture of himself in fatigues, and another of an Army platoon at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, on Sept. 12, 1994. The unit is the 2nd Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment.”
Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa commended his troops by saying, “I want to commend Special Agents Crystal Griner, David Bailey and Henry Cabrera for their heroic and appropriate response in protecting the members and others today during their practice for the congressional baseball game.”
The late Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, who led all coalition forces in the Gulf War, couldn’t have summarized it better: “It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.”