‘The View’ Asks Scalise Why He Opposes Gun Control Even After He Was Shot — His Response Is on Point
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‘The View’ Asks Scalise Why He Opposes Gun Control Even After He Was Shot — His Response Is on Point

“The View” hosts kept their cool as they interviewed House Majority Whip Steve Scalise about his firm stance against gun control, despite being shot during the Republican congressional baseball practice in 2017.

Co-host Whoopi Goldberg claimed she’s “surprised” Scalise doesn’t want to crack down on gun control, even after being shot.

He described his views as “deep-rooted conservative beliefs, but they’re rooted in what the fundamental foundation of this country is based on.”

Scalise explained that the Founding Fathers didn’t initially write in the Constitution a protection for guns “because our founders thought it was an assumed right,” adding that it was then added in the Bill of Rights as the Second Amendment.

“Every American has the right to defend themselves.”

“Our founding fathers, what they really talked about, was that people had the right to defend themselves,” Scalise said, adding that the Supreme Court settled the debate if one can only own a gun in the “militia” with a 5-4 decision that people can individually own guns to protect themselves.

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Scalise shared heartwarming prayer and “miracles” on the field.
During the discussion, Scalise opened up about what ran through his mind when he was faced with the shooting incident in 2017:

“At that point, I just started to pray … I put it in God’s hands and I prayed. The first thing that came to mind, I’ve got a daughter, she was 10-years-old at the time. I said, ‘God, please don’t let Madison have to walk down the aisle alone.”

Scalise went on to say he felt an “incredible calm come over me” within that moment.

“There were so many miracles on that field.”

He shared that another one of the “miracles” on the field was when the gunman shot at U.S. Rep. Trent Kelly’s head, who was at third base, and the bullet hit a chain in the fence and veered just passed Kelly’s head.

Another miracle Scalise shared was how U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup (Ohio-02) had a canceled meeting, so he went to the batting cage and when the shooting started, he watched for a movement from Scalise. When he went to help, he saw the bullet wound — which Wenstrup had seen in combat when the soldier died — and did what was necessary to stop the bleeding.

“He put on a tourniquet,” Scalise explained. “My trauma surgeon told me if that tourniquet wasn’t applied just perfectly like Brad put it on, I would of never even made it to the hospital.”

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In recovery, Scalise shared that even with the news of nerve damage in his left leg, he was thankful for his life and his family. He added that there were many different people who surrounded him and gave him strength.

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Scalise has reiterated his point that being shot at the baseball practice has only “fortified” his views against gun control.

“In this tragic moment, I encourage people across America to stand together in solidarity,” Scalise said in a previous statement in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting, The Hill reported. “… In the face of unspeakable evil, our whole nation must respond with countless acts of kindness, warmth and generosity.”

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