In the wake of the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, there were the inevitable calls from liberals for gun control while the first news of the event still was coming in. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) called it disgraceful and he above all people should know.
On Thursday night, the congressman spoke with host Laura Ingraham just one day after a gunman tragically killed 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Nikolas Cruz, 19, who is in custody, was charged earlier on Thursday with 17 counts of premeditated murder. And it didn’t take long for Democratic lawmakers to begin calling for further gun control legislation.
“It’s disgraceful. Anytime there’s any kind of tragedy — I mean a shooting, a bombing, whatever — immediately you’ve got a group of legislators that go run out, start calling for gun control and taking away the rights of law-abiding citizens,” Scalise said. “And again, look at their bills, read their bills. They have nothing to do with these kinds of shootings.”
Scalise almost died and had months of painful recovery after being shot in June by a leftist terrorist who was targeting Republicans at a GOP baseball practice.
The only reason he and the other GOP members and staff were saved? They had two security members of the Capitol Police who were armed with Scalise because he was the House Majority Whip.
He said there wasn’t “some kind of magic unicorn law” that was going to stop every future shooting no matter how much some might want it, but that you needed to look at the underlying causes, the root of the problem. He said number one what you see in common is mental illness. And that you needed to provide better security, so people know they wouldn’t be going into a ‘gun-free zone’ and have everyone at their mercy.
If it hadn’t been for his security, he noted, 15 members of Congress might have been murdered that day. “There were true miracles that happened on that field,” he said.
He criticized the new liberal talking point which is to attack the action of giving people “thoughts and prayers.”
“The prayers helped me tremendously. And unfortunately, there’s some on the Left that actually mock praying for people. They say, ‘Oh, do gun control,’” Scalise said. “I needed those prayers. Those prayers helped me and my family at a really difficult time. And you could feel them.”
Saying that “the power of prayer was real” and helped remind him of “the goodness of people,” Scalise urged Americans both to pray for the latest mass shooting’s victims and their families — and to take action.
“These families need prayer. They need counseling. They need help. But let’s go find out the root of these problems,” he said. “And we’re already seeing there were so many things that slipped through the cracks.”
Many people said they knew that Nikolas Cruz would be the one, he had been banned from carrying a backpack on campus because of threats and had been expelled from the school. He’d even been reported to the FBI for saying on a Youtube comment that he was a ‘potential school shooter.’
The FBI said they were unable to identify him, despite the fact that he used his real name on the Youtube account. Talk about a missed sign.
“Every day in America there are people that use guns to stop crimes, to defend their own families. That’s what our Founding Fathers wrote about, by the way. They believed in an innate right of people to have guns for self-defense,” Scalise said before ripping Democrats for their immediate response. “And these people that want to take away your rights guised under all these tragedies — go pray for the families. Care about these families. Don’t try to promote your agenda in the middle of a tragedy.”
No better voice on this than one who knows like Scalise.
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]