If there is anyone who has earned the right to voice their opinions about guns, it’s House Majority Whip, Steve Scalise. Scalise made his first appearance in Congress last week, after spending months in recovery healing from a gunshot wound. He was one of several Republicans targeted at baseball practice, by shooter James Hodgkinson.
Speaking out after Las Vegas, Scalise says he is more supportive of the Second Amendment.
Interviewing Scalise, Fox News’ Martha MacCallum asks him if his experience and the deadly mass shooting have changed his view. His response? “I think it’s fortified it.” Scalise echoes the sentiments of his GOP colleagues that gun control is not the answer. He feels lawmakers should be supporting victims right now, not advocating for legislative change.
“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,” says Scalise. “We shouldn’t first be thinking of promoting our political agenda.”
Consequently, Scalise’ support for gun rights is well-known in D.C. He sponsors a bill that eases regulations on interstate gun sales. And, he supports legislation that will ensure nationwide reciprocity for conceal-carry permit holders. Scalise has an A+ rating with the National Rifle Association.
However, his views stand in direct contrast to those of liberal lawmakers. Rather than showing concern for the Las Vegas victims, they are choosing political grandstanding. Former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, immediately took to social media after the tragedy to slam both Republicans and the NRA.
Democrat Representative Steve Moulton is boycotting a moment of silence for the victims.
A Message of Unity
On the other hand, Scalise opts for a different message. “In this tragic moment, I encourage people across America to stand together in solidarity, and to support the Las Vegas community,” he says in a statement. “In the face of unspeakable evil, our whole nation must respond with countless acts of kindness, warmth, and generosity,”
Nevertheless, the last thing America needs is more useless legislation on guns. Chicago is a prime example of how existing laws fail every single day. And as you know, no shots were fired on September 11. A person who wants to kill will find a way. Regardless of what leftists claim, there is no way to legislate the evil in an individual’s heart.