House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was the victim of a shooting in June, but that doesn’t mean he agrees with how Democrats politicized the shooting in Las Vegas last weekend. In an interview with Fox News, he rebuked Democrats for using the shooting as an opportunity to promote gun control.
“We shouldn’t first be thinking of promoting our political agenda,” said Scalise, who returned to Congress last week but is still in physical therapy after the shooting.
After the deadliest mass shooting in history happened on Sunday evening, Democrats in the House and Senate have increased their demands for gun control. The shooting left at least 59 dead and another 500+ injured.
Even before all the bodies had been collected, Democrats such as Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren were already using their deaths as a way to attack the NRA. They were criticized for their lack of sensitivity.
Later that day, Sarah Huckabee Sanders reprimanded them for their actions during a White House press briefing.
“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,” added Scalise.
Scalise, along with other Republicans, believes the call for legislative action is premature. They want the families and America to have a chance to grieve before jumping to political agenda.
Even after his own shooting, Scalise is still against gun control. He says that’s because other people being armed at his shooting—other than the shooter—saved his life.
“Every day in this country, people use guns to actually defend themselves against criminals, and those stories don't get told,” said Scalise.
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