Louisiana Republican and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise recently returned to Congress with much fanfare after recovering from the nearly life-ending bullet to the hip he took from a deranged liberal gunman at a GOP baseball practice in June.
Scalise sat down for an interview with Fox News host Martha MacCallum, and with the horrific Las Vegas massacre having just occurred, was asked for his thoughts on the Second Amendment and whether his position had changed in light of the Vegas incident and his own personal experience, according to the New York Post.
“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, according to the Washington Free Beacon. “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.”
Scalise proceeded to point out that it was Capitol Hill police officers with guns who saved his life and other congressmen on that ball-field, and noted that countless gun-carrying Americans similarly save the lives of themselves and others everyday.
“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.”
You can watch the entire segment below. The portion specifically about gun control begins after the 5:00 mark:
Scalise nearly died when he was attacked out in the open by a rifle-wielding madman, and some likely suspected that his brush with death may have had an effect on his stance regarding gun rights.
However, rather than shift toward wanting more government controls over the rights of the citizenry, Scalise made it clear that he “absolutely” still defends the Second Amendment and that his stance in that regard has actually been “fortified” by his harrowing experience.
As a final note, Scalise holds an “A+” rating from the National Rifle Association and has lent his support to numerous pro-gun pieces of legislation, including the national right-to-carry or nationwide reciprocity for licensed concealed carriers.