June 14, 2017, was the worst day of my life. It was the day I faced my own mortality at the hands of a shooter who was so enraged and blinded by his own political beliefs that he turned to violence as a means of retribution.
The day began early with colleagues gathered for our normal practice, away from the demands of the Capitol, in preparation for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity. In a split second, both practice and our fellowship ended. Shots rang out across the field, and several were wounded. The only thing that prevented all of us from being killed was the courage of two Capitol police officers who stopped the gunman.
I will never forget that day, and for people like Majority Whip Steve Scalise, it’s an event he lives with every day as he struggles to walk again.