The Republican lawmaker was shot in June of 2017 when a gunman opened fire at the congressional baseball practice, resulting in some damage in his left leg and nerve damage in his left foot.
Since the shooting, Scalise hasn’t strayed from his support for Second Amendment rights, as he previously said at the National Rifle Association’s annual event in April that they’re “deep-rooted beliefs.”
During Friday’s “Fox & Friends” interview, Scalise made it clear that his views for gun rights for law-abiding citizens hasn’t changed amid the pressure by congressional Democrats to pass gun control legislation following multiple mass shootings.
“I have always been a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and really do believe in the background of why it’s in our Consitution,” Scalise said.
“It’s concerning to me when I hear people trying to take advantage of bad situations just to take away the rights of gun owners. You can see Beto out on the campaign trail saying he wants to come to your home and take your guns. Look, we are not going to let that happen.”
Asked what needs to be changed in regards to gun control, the House minority whip noted that “over and over again we see breakdowns in the system” when it comes to current laws not working properly.
“The answer by liberals up here in Washington is to go take away the rights of law-abiding citizens,” Scalise added. “That’s not the right way to approach it. Go and make sure the system works.”
Additionally, Scalise made note that President Donald Trump “wants to do what he can to stop school shootings” and mass shootings, but that the president is a “strong supporter of those fundamental Second Amendment rights.”
Watch Scalise’s interview below:
Scalise previously spoke with IJR about his recovery and getting back out on the baseball field during this year’s Congressional Baseball Game.
He also told IJR, “The reason that the Second Amendment was put in place is our Founding Fathers believed strongly that you should be able to defend yourself.”