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Before And After Shooting, Congress Faces Violent Threats

Even before a gunman opened fire on a congressional baseball practice on Wednesday, injuring Republican Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a number of threats in recent months have worried Congress.

The Wednesday shooting at a Virginia baseball field that critically wounded Louisiana GOP Rep. Steve Scalise and at least four others shook Washington.

Members of Congress were breaking into tears talking about the event.

But the violent outburst, while shocking and distressing, was not a complete surprise; threats and aggression toward members of Congress have gotten a lot of press in recent months, notably at town hall-style events. And especially related to the health care debate.

There was a lot of talk in the immediate aftermath of the shooting about political polarization

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