The New Orleans Saints speak out about the shooting of Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise

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NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 04: Head Coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints gets a hug from Team Owner Tom Benson after defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 4, 2007 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Jaguars 41-24. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 04: Head Coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints gets a hug from Team Owner Tom Benson after defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 4, 2007 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Jaguars 41-24. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /
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Yesterday was a tough day for the state of Louisiana. Congressman Steve Scalise was shot playing baseball with other members of his security staff.

Members of Congress got together to prepare for a charity baseball game yesterday. Both Democrats and Republicans were out on the field to continue a long standing tradition that went back to 1909. This year, the money raised will go to the Boys and Girls Club in Washington D.C. 

Both sides of the aisle were getting together to do something good. However, a gunman showed up with a rifle to engage in the most cowardly act. There were four people shot, including Congressman Stevel Scalise who remains in critical condition. Furthermore, it could’ve been worse, if the police didn’t show up as quick as they did. Kids were out there at the event as well.

Senator Bernie Sanders came out and summed it up best. He is often times very liberal but did not hesitate to speak out.

Senator Sanders is known for being very liberal with his leftist views. Strangely enough, he came out and made an extremely powerful statement to denounce any type of violence against anyone, regardless of political party. This is a message that can hopefully resonate with everyone. Surely, there are plenty of players that wear the Black and Gold every year that differ in their own views.

Be that as it may, the Saints go out and play TOGETHER on Sundays as a team. One team with the same goal. They play as a unit. Those players go to battle for each other. Regardless of opinions off the field they have each others back. Hopefully, this can be a start of the country coming to a turning point. It’s one thing to verbally spar with conflicting opinions on both sides of the aisle. It’s unfathomable to think anyone just wants to go out and inflict physical harm on people.

Both Sean Payton and Drew Brees made statements about the support for Steve Scalise and his family. Drew Brees seemed almost at a loss for words as he spoke.

In conclusion, there has to be a way, where all of can just take a step back for a second. This shooting is obviously not the first and won’t be the last. Ultimately, the reaction to these horrific acts can be stronger than any terrorist act. Martin Luther King Jr. Said it best.

"“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral; begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.”"

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