House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, while still recovering from his wounds after a gunman opened fire on Republican members of Congress in June, told Chuck Todd in an exclusive interview for “Meet the Press” that he still stands behind the unlimited right to bear arms, stating “Our Founding Fathers believed strongly in gun rights for citizens."
During the summer shooting Scalise dragged his bleeding body into the outfield before being rushed to a Washington hospital. The gunman was himself shot dead, while Scalise sustained grave injuries and required several operations.
On September 28th, he returned to the House floor earning an emotional standing ovation from his colleagues.
However he wasted no time in voicing his steadfast opinion on the contentious gun control debate.
"Instead of passing new gun regulations following the Las Vegas massacre, hich thrust the country’s lawmakers into the center of the debate over gun control, existing ones should be enforced" he said.
Clearly his time in recovery only hardened his stance. One would think a personal bullet injury and streams of you're own blood may slightly alter one's perspective.
“Don't try to put new laws in place that don't fix these problems, they only make it harder for law-abiding citizens to own a gun:” said Scalise.
When pressed if he believed the right to bear arms was "unlimited," Scalise emphatically stated: "It is, it is."
The opinion of the people quickly came rolling in like an avalanche.
It is a bit baffling that Mr. Scalise would stay so rigidly settled on one side. One would think that after his experience he'd be willing to at least see and debate the grey area of this discussion.
There is a sad suspicion as to why he and his colleagues on the right stay so adamant.