Scalise rallies against gun control at Capitol Hill

Jim Hanzo
September 18, 2019 - 9:23 pm

AP

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House Minority Whip Steve Scalise rallied with other three other congressmen and shooting survivors as they push back against a Democratic effort in the House to pass gun control in the upcoming session.

Scalise says Democrats are politicizing mass shooting tragedies and grandstanding with their recent gun control offerings and should adopt a different tactic instead.

“When you look at what is going on right now it seems like every time there is a mass shooting I can tell you first hand the first thing we all ought to do it pray," Scalise said.”

Scalise pointed to recent comments by Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, who called for the mandatory buy-back of all assault weapons, as an example of the party’s extreme views.

“The first time we hear about a tragedy before we even know the facts, there are people right here on Capitol Hill, not to pray for the victims but to promote their own gun control agenda," Scalise said.  

House Democrats passed a gun control law that expands background checks and prohibits the transfer of weapons in certain person to person transactions. Scalise calls it pointless.  

“They wouldn’t have stopped the Charleston shooting, they would not have stopped Sutherland Springs, they would not have stopped Parkland," he said.  "What it would do, it put you in jail for a year if you loan your gun to a friend.”

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