While preparing for the upcoming Congressional Baseball Game, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) isn’t forgetting about the “heroes” from the shooting two years ago.
At the congressional baseball practice on June 14, 2017, a gunman opened fire on the Republican members of Congress, leaving Scalise severely injured with nerve damage in his left leg and others hurt as well.
Scalise previously detailed his testimony on “The View” of what ran through his mind during the shooting:
“At that point, I just started to pray … I put it in God’s hands, and I prayed. The first thing that came to mind, I’ve got a daughter, she was 10 years old at the time. I said, ‘God, please don’t let Madison have to walk down the aisle alone.'”
“There were so many miracles on that field,” Scalise said.
Friday marks the 2-year anniversary of the congressional baseball shooting. Today at baseball practice, @SteveScalise honored USCP officer Crystal Griner, one of the officers who stopped the shooter. I'll always be grateful for her bravery that saved my good friend's life. pic.twitter.com/U5ZqKqhg9e
— Rep. Bruce Westerman (@RepWesterman) June 12, 2019
That moment two years ago isn’t stopping the House minority whip from participating in the Congressional Baseball Game, and at the same time, he’s also praising the law enforcement officer who saved his life, Special Agent Crystal Griner.
“I think about the heroes when I think about June 14, 2017,” Scalise tweeted Wednesday along with a video. “[…] We’ll forever be grateful for the courageous action of Capitol Police.”
He offered praise to law enforcement officials who risk their lives:
“If they weren’t out there that day and risking their lives, I mean, y’all can be proud to know that the best of law enforcement was on display that day. You make not only United States Capitol Police proud, but every man and woman who puts on a badge and goes and risks their life protecting communities can be proud to know that that day, the Capitol Police were the epitome of what’s great about law enforcement.”
Watch the video below:
I think about the heroes when I think about June 14, 2017. This morning, I was honored to welcome one of those heroes—Special Agent Crystal Griner—back to the field at our #CongressionalBaseballGame practice. We'll forever be grateful for the courageous action of Capitol Police. pic.twitter.com/5OTSsFOa5l
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) June 12, 2019
Well said @SteveScalise! I am forever thankful our angels – the @CapitolPolice – were there that day. It was an honor to have Special Agent Crystal Griner with us at practice today to honor her bravery, heroism and protection. https://t.co/5sPVU2tVyi
— Rep. Roger Williams (@RepRWilliams) June 12, 2019
Cannot echo my friend and colleague @SteveScalise enough —thankful for my heroes Griner, Bailey, & the Alexandria PD who are the reasons we're able to be back on the field today. We owe a ton of gratitude to all of the US Capitol Police who protect us on Capitol Hill each day. https://t.co/xt3PjKgb0h
— US Rep Rodney Davis (@RodneyDavis) June 12, 2019
Even after surviving a shooting, Scalise has made known that his view on opposing gun control hasn’t changed.
“Every American has the right to defend themselves,” Scalise told the ladies on “The View” in December 2018.
Additionally, the Rebpulican lawmaker said at the National Rifle Association’s annual event in April: “Our rights come to us from God, not lawmakers. It’s God who gave us our rights. Our Founding Fathers believed in that.”
The 2019 Congressional Baseball Game is scheduled for June 26.