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Days after a shooting in Virginia that left one congressman fighting for his life and three other people injured, Representative James Comer held a town hall meeting in Marion County Saturday.

"Had he not played on that baseball team, there would not have been any security there,” said Rep. James Comer (R) 1st Congressional District.

Congressman Comer opened the town hall with brief remarks about Wednesday's shooting, noting House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who is still in the hospital, is one of only three Republican congressmen who have security details.

“Had his security detail not been at the baseball field, then I think instead of having one congressman shot you would have had five to ten,” said Rep. Comer.

People listened as Rep. Comer talked about foreign policy, trade, and economic development

"Manufacturing, agriculture, and high tech jobs…so these are the things that the president is going to start talking about now,” said Rep. Comer.

"I was not a Trump voter however I did vote for Representative Comer. I'm concerned about healthcare. I'm concerned about the denomination of the poor,” said Marion County Farmer Dorothy Skehan.

A healthcare reform bill that passed the house but still needs to be voted on in the senate still poses more questions than answers for many

"A long way to go. Every day I get less confident that Congress is going to be able to get an agreement to fix healthcare,” said Rep. Comer.

"I'm concerned about them ending expanded Medicaid. I think it has been a great boom to me. Without that I would not have been able to keep our family farm,” said Skehan.

Congressman Comer says he hopes this week’s tragedy in Virginia serves as a galvanizing force for lawmakers to work together in a more bipartisan manner.

“We need to be more civil in Washington. The rhetoric had gotten out of control. There are always going to be issues where Republicans and Democrats will not  agree; but, we can do it and be more civil,” said Rep. Comer.

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