Commentators had a range of responses to the attack on Republican lawmakers, including defense of the second amendment and pleas for calm

On Wednesday, the House majority whip, Steve Scalise, was shot by a man, now dead, who appears to have been a Bernie Sanders supporter and campaign volunteer. It came at a time when the right’s commentariat was already in the middle of a discussion about whether or not the country was headed for a second civil war.

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