You knew it was coming.
You felt it with a sickening certainty the instant news of a mass shooting flashed out from Alexandria, Va. So it was disheartening, but hardly surprising, to hear certain conservatives reflexively blame Democrats and their so-called "hate speech" for the carnage.
It happened last week, on Wednesday morning. The quiet camaraderie of Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game against their Democratic colleagues was shattered by rifle shots from one James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill. Police officers providing security returned fire.
When the shooting was done, five people were wounded, including two officers and Rep....