Many liberals wondered if, after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) was shot in June during the GOP baseball attack, that would now change his opinion about guns.
Some even chastised him on social media immediately after he was shot and during his recovery, essentially blaming him for his own shooting because he was not in favor of gun control.
Well, now the answer is in for those liberals who might still have doubts.
And if they still had any hope that he would change his mind, he blew it out of the water during an interview Sunday with ‘Meet the Press,’ according to the Washington Examiner.
Scalise who was in danger of death after he was shot, had to undergo months of rehabilitation and recovery because of the severe injuries he suffered when a bullet entered his hip and traveled transversely across his body, hitting internal organs and fracturing his pelvis. He even had to relearn how to walk. He just returned to the House to his position this past week.
He had another great thrill this week, throwing out the first pitch for the Washington Nationals for his birthday.
The man who shot him, James Hodgkinson, didn’t make it. He was taken down and killed by a Capitol police officers who were part of the security team that Steve Scalise got because he was the House Majority Whip.
The Virginia State’s Attorney’s Office has issued a report calling Hodgkinson’s attack ‘an act of terrorism’ aimed at Republicans. The shooter was a political radical and had been a volunteer campaign worker for Bernie Sanders.
On ‘Meet the Press,’ Scalise argued against calls for major gun control regulations after the Las Vegas shooting, saying that restrictions wouldn’t help but would only endanger law-abiding citizens.
And if anyone should know, it was the GOP folks who were out on that baseball field, none with guns who were out there like sitting ducks for someone who had stalked them for months, but for the police securit team.
Scalise also brought up Chicago, noting how they had “toughest guns laws in the country” yet “they have the worst gun violence.”
Scalise correctly noted how “The Second Amendment really predates the Bill of Rights,” that the Founding Fathers codified it because they believed so strongly in gun rights for citizens. “Frankly, they thought it was an assumed right,” he said.
Scalise said he believed the right was unlimited, that there were already enough laws restricting guns and there was no need to create any new ones.
In the wake of Las Vegas, many Republicans seemed to be amenable to passing some kind of legislation as to ‘bump stocks,’ the gun modification that can help increase the rate of fire.
Scalise isn’t in that camp, however. He said, quite rationally, that we should be wary of passing anything in a hurry in the wake of a tragedy. He also observed, “Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) already said she wants it to be a slippery slope. She doesn’t want to stop at bump stocks. They want to go out and limit the rights of gun owners.”
He wasn’t for giving her any help along the slope.
And if anyone has the moral authority to speak to the issue, it is most certainly Scalise.