What a week it was… Let me start off by saying there is NEVER a dull moment in Washington, D.C. I woke up Wednesday morning around 6:30 a.m. The first thing I did was check my phone… I noticed I had a Fox News “Breaking News” update. The update read “Rep. Scalise, officer, and aide shot during baseball practice for upcoming charity game”, then right after I read that I started receiving multiple text messages from family members and friends back home in Arizona. Everyone from home was asking me if I was okay, if I was at the baseball practice, and so on. I, of course was not there, but I was confused on why because I did not read the article right away. When I read the article I started to understand why so many people were concerned on my behalf. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a congressional aide, and one U.S. Capitol Police officer were shot by a man with a rifle that very morning. Before the gunman went on his mass shooting spree he asked U.S. Representative Ron DeSantis, whether those playing baseball were Republicans or Democrats. So, Representative Ron DeSantis stated they were Republicans… when the party was identified the attacker started shooting at the members practicing. At that very moment, a bullet hit Majority Whip Scalise in the hip, a staff member in the leg, and two Capitol police officers. But thankfully there were no causalities other than the shooter himself. If it were not for Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s security detail, there may have been much more. The whole time I was reading this article I was in such shock, I could not believe it. These men were practicing for a CHARITY baseball game and out of nowhere a man started shooting at the members because they were Republicans and did not agree with our United States president. That morning I walked into the Rayburn building on Capitol Hill with an even greater sense of gratitude for the Capitol police. I have never seen so many security guards in one building than I did this whole week because of this incident. The mood on the Hill was very subtle and quiet, there was not much talk about it from staff and members because it was hard for many to speak on behalf of the shooting. Many gave their condolences and have been showing amazing support in every way.
Congressman Franks’ office is the light of my summer. Every one of his staff members are the nicest and most personable people I have been involved with. I have never been in an office where everyone gets along as well as they do, they are like one little work family. The district Congressman Trent Franks represents is very interesting. He is the Arizona, District 8 representative, which is Surprise, Peoria, Glendale, Litchfield Park, Goodyear, and Wittmann. His district is majority very conservative and what I have learned from phone calls was that they really appreciate the work he has done and is currently doing. Congressman Franks is on the Armed Services Committee which highlights the nation’s military including the Department of Defense, military research and development, and nuclear energy. He is also on the Judiciary Committee which oversees the administration of justice within in the federal courts, administrative agencies, and Federal law enforcement entities.
This week I learned to never take life for vantage. Since I have been in Washington, D.C. I have heard about more attacks than I have being in Arizona. I have never been so thankful and appreciative for the men and women that serve our country every day and risk their lives for us. We the people get to live our lives normally because of them. I learned we do not do enough to support the everyday heroes and show them how much they mean to us. So every chance I get to thank a Capitol police officer I do.