West Wing
In The Shadow Of Two Gunmen, Part II

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In The Shadow Of Two Gunmen, Part II

Out on the street, Toby finds Ron Butterfield and asks if they can talk. Ron's hand is pretty well-bandaged, but blood is still leaking through the gauze. Poor guy. Toby explains that C.J.'s getting questions about the open-air exit. Ron recites, "The Secret Service doesn't comment on procedure." Toby recounts that a few weeks after POTUS was sworn in, Ron received a memo stating that the President didn't like the feeling of travelling around in an armoured tank and would no longer use the tents or canopies, and would enter and exit public buildings in the open air. Ron confirms this. Toby explains that he wrote that memo, and urged the President to sign it, which he did. Ron says he knows that. Toby doesn't think it's right for Ron to take the flak for what happened. Toby wants to have the Treasury Department hand over his memo to the press. Ron says they can't do that. Toby argues that there are going to be a lot of questions; Ron insists there are always a lot of questions. Toby wants to take the blame; Ron absolutely refuses to let him. He doesn't believe that it was anybody's fault: "It was an act of madmen. You think a tent was going to stop them? We got the President in the car. We got Zoey in the car. And at a hundred and fifty yards and five storeys up, the shooters were down nine point two seconds after the first shot was fired. I would never let you not let me protect the President. You tell us you don't like something, we figure out something else. It was an act of madmen. Anyway, the Secret Service doesn't comment on procedure." Toby relents. As Ron walks away, Toby says they did a good job last night. Toby sits down on the bench nearby and sighs.

C.J. is briefing the press on the weapons used by the Secret Service to kill the shooters. Leo, watching from the back, gestures to Margaret to get Danny out of the audience for him. Danny goes back to where Leo is standing, but Leo shushes him for a second. C.J. continues: "I wanted to mention something. This is our fifth press briefing since midnight, and obviously there's one story that's going to be dominating the news around the world for the next few days, and it would be easy to think that President Bartlet, Joshua Lyman, and Stephanie Abbott were the only people who were victims of a gun crime last night. They weren't. Mark Davis and Sheila Evans of Philadelphia were killed by a gun last night. He was a biology teacher and she was a nursing student. Tina Bishop and Belinda Larkin were killed with a gun last night. They were twelve. There were thirty-six homicides last night, four hundred and eighty sexual assaults, three thousand four hundred and eleven robberies, three thousand six hundred and eighty-five aggravated assaults, all at gunpoint. And if anyone thinks those crimes could have been prevented if the victims themselves had been carrying guns, I'd only remind you that the President of the United States was shot last night while surrounded by the best-trained armed guards in the history of the world." Danny says to Leo, "She's good." Leo says, "Yes, she is." He tells Danny to ride with him to the hospital.

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