Was the shooting at the congressional baseball practice a prelude to a revolution?

No. In the 21st century revolutions take place online, in the the voting booth, on the telephone, at rallies, at townhall meetings and in the courts. We discuss things, exchange information and opinions, vote for representatives and communicate with them. These discussions can become very intense, very heated and in some cases certain individuals because of their own pathological traits and character defects will cross the line into violence. This violence is not a part of any revolution but a distraction from it.

Since the election of Donald Trump in November 2016 nearly all the politically and racially motivated shootings have been committed by his supporters on the right. These people have been arrested and charged with crimes, in most cases murder. In their demented minds they may think think they are part of a revolution, but they’re not.

The June 2017 mass shooting at the Congressional charity baseball practice is the first politically motivated shooting I know of in that time period by someone who identifies with the left, and nearly everyone on the left including Bernie Sanders were quick to denounce this criminal act. The shooter, James Hodgkinson was shot and killed by Capitol police who were providing security for the US Representative who was shot and critically injured. Fortunately all five victims have survived.

James Hodgkinson had a history of violence, mostly against girls and young women who were in his custody as foster children. He had also brandished a gun and used it to hit a young man who was trying to protect one of the girls. While he did not directly kill anyone as far as we know, one of his victims committed suicide by setting herself on fire. Another fled to the safety of a neighbor’s home and was removed from his custody.

This shooting was not part of any revolution and in fact violent acts of this nature can be harmful to the political causes that they claim to represent and support. Their perpetrators nearly always have a known history of violence and their actions should be understood as isolated criminal acts and not as part of any political movement.

No. Revolutions take groups and planning and funding. One crazy guy with a rifle does not a revolution make. 10,000 crazy guys with rifles, maybe.