Congress was happy to welcome back Louisiana Republican and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who recently made his way back after being attacked by a gunman and shot in the hip at a GOP baseball practice in June.
Scalise was interviewed by Fox News host Martha MacCallum, during which he recalled the dreadful moment and how it changed his life. He also opened up on the Second Amendment and if his personal experience altered anything for him opinion-wise.
“I think it’s fortified it,” the congressman said of his support for gun rights. “Because first of all, you’ve got to recognize that when there’s a tragedy like this, the first thing we should be thinking about is praying for the people who were injured and doing whatever we can to help them, to help law enforcement.”
“We shouldn’t first be thinking of promoting our political agenda,” he added.“And I think we see too much of that where people say ‘OK, now you have to have gun control.’”
“First of all, look at some of those bills — those bills wouldn’t have done anything to stop this,” he continued. “That gunman actually cleared background checks so to promote some kind of gun control is the wrong way to approach this.”
Additionally, he explained that police officers who had guns were the ones to keep him and others safe, which he believes has happened in many other cases similar to his.
“Regular citizens that just have a passionate belief in the Second Amendment that have their own guns use guns every single day to protect themselves against criminals,” he stated. “And those stories never get told or hardly ever get told.
“But that’s a different side of the story that I think is important,” he added. “People use guns way more to defend themselves from criminals than criminals using guns to hurt people.”
Take a look at the interview video below:
Scalise was almost left for dead after that bullet penetrated his hip, which to some would be e reason enough to change their opinion on gun control.
Scalise, however, noted he “absolutely” still supports the Second Amendment and his trust in its effectiveness is even stronger than before, ever since the incident.
Finally, Scalise added that the National Rifle Association was doing an excellent job with gun management, and they even brought a new legislation, such as the national right-to-carry or nationwide reciprocity for licensed concealed carriers. The liberals must be hurting on this one.