Scalise: Vegas Shooting Has "Fortified" His Views on Gun Rights

The House Majority Whip, who was shot at a GOP baseball practice over the summer, has addressed the horrific shooting in Las Vegas.

Scalise as he returns to the House for the first time since he was shot.
Scalise as he returns to the House for the first time since he was shot.photo from USAToday.com

According to this story from the New York Post, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise says he has become an even more ardent supporter of gun rights and the Second Amendment since he was nearly killed when he was shot at a GOP baseball practice over the summer.

On Tuesday, Scalise told Martha MacCallum of Fox News that the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1 has only strengthened his beliefs, when he was asked if the incident had changed his view on gun rights.

"I think it's fortified it," Scalise said in the interview, according to a transcript obtained by The Hill.

“Echoing comments made by other congressional Republicans and the White House, Scalise said that lawmakers should focus on supporting victims and law enforcement before advocating for a legislative response.

“‘Because first of all 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,’ Scalise said.”

Scalise returned to the House for the first time last week since he was shot through the hip, which damaged his pelvis resulting in multiple surgeries.