BREAKING NEWS: Stacy Allen Cantu of Daytona, other locals react to shooting of GOP congressman, several others in Alexandria, Va

YouTube download / AP video / U.S. Capitol Police say the officers wounded while responding to the shooting of a congressman are expected to survive. 
Headline Surfer photo illustration / Congressman Steve Calise, R-Louisiana, the Republican Majority Whip, was shot in the hip, allegedly by James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill., whose Facebook page cover featured Bernie Sanders. Hodgkinson, armed with a rifle and a handgun, was shot and killed by cops after opening fire on them as they responded to reports of shots fired early Wednesday morning on a baseball field where Republicans were practicing for a game later in the day.
Locals Stacy Allen Cantu, of Daytona Beach, Phil Giorno of Deltona, Rich Gailey of DeBary and Gordon Meyer of New Smyrna Beach, all weigh in on the shooting. Giorno, the lone Democrat, among the four, sees a Dystopian Society -- akin to a post-apocalyptic world -- the end result of Trump and the Republicans. This prompted Gailey to say Giorno's Facebook page was eerily similar to the gunman's. Read on for more partisan intrigue.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Stacy Allen Cantu of Daytona Beach points to mainstream media outlets and their focus on President Trump for sparking this morning's shooting attack in Alexandria, Va., during a baseball batting practice for Republican members of Congress that resulted in gunshot wounds to Louisiana Congressman Steve Calise and four others before the gunman was shot to death by cops.

"I believe that the shooting of Congress members is the result of hate fueled by the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC and the mainstream media's hatred of President Trump," said Cantu, whose husband, Michael Cantu, is running as a Republican to try and unseat first-term District 26 State Rep. Patrick Henry, D-Daytona Beach, in the 2018 elections. Henry defeated Cantu with 52.9 perecent of the votes cast in 2016.

Stacey Allen Cantu said the fixation on Trump by liberals still fuming over Hillary Clinton's loss to Trump in the 2016 presidential election in Novemer and the subsequent media fixation on scandals and conspiracy theories within the Trump White House is to blame for growing hysteria and antsgonism that has now led to violence.

"Kathy Griffin holding up a symbolic severed head of President Trump, and a broadway play depicting Trump as Cesar being stabbed to death by Brutus and members of the Roman Senate is evidence that political rhetoric is out of hand," Cantu insisted in a post on her Facebook page. "(It's) time to hold some of these people responsible for their irresponsible behavior. It is not ok to harm or kill anyone that you disagree with politically."

The gunman, identified by federal authorities as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill., was shot and killed just brefore 11:15 a.m. 

Cantu points directly to Hodgkinson as the one directly responsible for today's gun violence, but she was quick to add the hateful environment created by the mainstream media bears some responsibility for the anger at President Trump and conservatives.

"It doesn't matter if you like the president or not, there is no excuse for this kind of bitterness," Cantu said. "God doesn't like ugly and God will have the last word. We should pray for our leaders not hate on them. God put Trump in office just as surely as he put Obama in office."

Stacy Allen Cantu of Daytona Beach / Headline SurferStacy Allen Cantu, shown here, points directly to Hodgkinson as the one directly responsible for today's gun violence, but she was quick to add the hateful environment created by the mainstream media bears some responsibility for the anger at President Trump and conservatives.

"It doesn't matter if you like the president or not, there is no excuse for this kind of bitterness," Cantu said. "God doesn't like ugly and God will have the last word. We should pray for our leaders not hate on them. God put Trump in office just as surely as he put Obama in office."

Phil Giorno, a former chairman of the Volusia County Democratic Party, said, "The Republicans have created a dystopian society. Wait until they take health care away from 23 millions Americans. A love one dies from a pre existing conditions. They made a movie on it.

When asked by Headline Surfer to explain his Dystopiab scenario, Giorno sent the internet outlet a message that included  refererence to US Sen Rand Paul, R-Ky, that espouses use of firearms agaist the federal government for denial of food.

This prompted Republican Rich Gailey to ask of Giorno, "Phil, do we need to put you on a watch list because you have some of the same FB posts as the guy who shot the republicans this morning? One of your Bernie guys.

Gordon Meyer, a Republican from New Smyrna Beach, said of the shooting: There is always a fringe element of people whose mental stability is influenced by the prevalent rhetoric. They can be tipped from commentary to action by violent rhetoric.

Witnesses said the gunman opened fire with a rifle from the third base side of the diamond. A rifle and a handgun were recovered from the scene, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's a third of the way though the Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation will be in March 2018.