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The Facts —
- House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (Louisiana) — who was critically wounded after a gunman opened fire at a congressional baseball practice in Arlington, Virginia in June — addressed calls for stricter gun laws in response to the Las Vegas shooting that killed at least 59 people.
- In an interview with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum aired Tuesday night, Scalise said:
“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. And I think we see too much of that — where people say, ‘Okay, now you have to have gun control.’
Well, first of all, look at some of those bills. Those bills wouldn’t have done anything to stop this. The gunman actually cleared background checks. So to promote some kind of gun control I think is the wrong way to approach this. And frankly, what I experienced was that when there was a shooter, luckily we had Capitol Police there with their own guns… People use guns way more to defend themselves from criminals, than criminals use guns to hurt people.”
- Asked if his experience has changed his views of the Constitution’s Second Amendment, Scalise replied:
“I think it’s fortified it.”
- Scalise, who returned to Capitol Hill last week, encouraged people “to pray for the people who lost their lives… but also for the people who are still in the hospital.” Scalise also encouraged people to donate blood to their local blood bank.