Scalise Stands Even Stronger: ‘Shooting Fortified My Stance on Gun Rights’

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot at the GOP baseball practice over the summer, (Republicans were targeted by a crazed, registered Democrat with a gun) and nearly died as a result.

The Hill reports:

James T. Hodgkinson, a supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) who wrote critical Facebook messages about Republicans, shot Scalise, a member of his Capitol Police security detail, a Tyson Foods lobbyist and a staffer for Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas) at the GOP practice for the Congressional Baseball Game on June 14 in Northern Virginia.

We are thrilled to have Scalise back, as he returned to the White House last week. He is still taking rehabilitation sessions and needs crutches or a scooter to get around.

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Liberals thought that between that incident and the tragedy in Las Vegas on Sunday, that he would be against guns now.

WRONG! Scalise is standing stronger than ever in his stance for gun rights! He said, “I think it’s fortified it,” when Fox News’s Martha MacCallum inquired how he felt about gun rights after everything.


Echoing comments made by other congressional Republicans and the White House, Scalise said that lawmakers should focus on supporting victims and law enforcement before advocating for a legislative response.

Scalise said, “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.”

He added, “We shouldn’t first be thinking of promoting our political agenda.”

Scalise’s congressional website notes that his support gun rights has earned him an A-plus rating from the National Rifle Association. The bills he has supported over the years would ease interstate gun sales and ensure national reciprocity for concealed-carry permit holders.

Taking guns away from law-abiding citizens does two things:

  1. Makes law abiding citizens have to choose with following the law or protecting themselves and their families
  2. Leaves only criminals with guns

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