Washington DC Continues its Downward Spiral

Washington DC Shooting

Washington DC is losing it. The United States Capitol was locked down around 2:30 p.m after multiple shots were fired in front of the building. First a shutdown, then a lockdown? DC is a hot mess.

The lockdown only lasted 30 minutes after multiple gunshots were reported on Capital Hill. Police believe it was an isolated incident that began when female driver tried to ram her car into White House gate. A high speed chase ensued and ended outside of the Capitol building when she was fired on upon exiting the vehicle. A police officer was injured in the car crash and a small child was found unhurt in the suspect’s car. In a city is still reeling from the Navy Yard shooting that left 12 people dead, residents were understandably on edge.

No word yet on what the driver was trying to accomplish, but my sources (aka my cats) tell me she was probably trying to lock the politicians in the Capitol building until they can figure out a solution to the government shutdown. Or she was an angry tourist frustrated at being unable to properly see the Washington DC sites. Or a furloughed federal employee out for revenge. Or a confused citizen trying to figure out how to sign up for Obamacare. The possibilities are endless!

Meanwhile, talks between President Obama and congressional leaders have failed to end the political deadlock. Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Senate leader Mitch McConnell continue to complain that Obama and the Democrats will not negotiate. Obama says he is not budging and refused to set a precedent where “an extremist wing” of a party holds a government to ransom. Fair enough.

Via: The New York Times

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