Congressman Steve Scalise (R-LA) almost lost his life at the hands of a mass shooter when he and his fellow Republicans were attacked during a baseball practice in Arlington, Virginia.
If liberals hoped that the experience would change his mind about the 2nd Amendment, their hopes were dashed when Scalise explained to Fox News’ Martha MacCallum that just the opposite, his support of the 2nd Amendment has been fortified because of his experience.
Martha MacCallum: Inevitably, questions about the Second Amendment are raised by what happened in Las Vegas. It happened almost immediately.
Have you, your experience of your own and what you saw in Las Vegas, has it changed how you feel about any of that?
Rep. Steve Scalise: I think it’s fortified it because, first of all, you’ve got to recognize that, you know, when there is 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 OK, 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. I mean the gunmen actually cleared background checks.
Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) said much the same thing in the wake of his brush with death after the same shooting in Arlington.
After a reporter asked Brooks if the shooting had changed his mind on gun rights, he said:
Not with respect to the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment right to bear arms is to ensure that we always have a republic. And as with any other constitutional provision in the Bill of Rights, there are adverse aspects to each of those rights that we enjoy as people. And what we just saw here is one of the bad side effects of someone not exercising those rights properly.
But we’re not going to get rid of freedom of speech because some people say some really ugly things that hurt other people’s feelings. We’re not going to get rid of Fourth Amendment search and seizure rights because it allows some criminals to go free who should be behind bars. These rights are there to protect Americans, and while each of them has a negative aspect to them, they are fundamental to our being the greatest nation in world history.
So, no, I’m not changing my position on any of the rights we enjoy as Americans.