House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) is slamming Democrats for their push on gun control following the mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand and reiterated Americans’ rights in the Second Amendment.
The Louisiana Republican claimed on Fox News that when Democrats discuss implementing more gun control, “It’s much less about guns and much more about control.”
“They’re already violating laws that are on the books,” Scalise later added, sending a message to his Democratic colleagues: “Enforce the laws that are out there, but don’t infringe upon the rights of law-abiding citizens.”
He continued (emphasis added):
“They view the Constitution as an obstacle that they can go around. The Constitution is a framework of our country. It’s what makes us in America better than everybody else in the world, in terms of a country where you actually have rights that are given to you, not from men and women but from God, and you have those rights for a reason so that you can protect yourself and your home.”
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Democrats act like the Constitution is an obstacle they can just run around to implement their leftist agenda. Laws already on the books need to be properly enforced to prevent these gun crimes, rather than create new ones that would do nothing but punish law-abiding citizens. pic.twitter.com/fjrpEyFT4I
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) March 22, 2019
Several Democrats used the mass shooting — where 50 people were killed on March 15 at two mosques in New Zealand — as an opportunity to push new gun control measures.
Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), among other Democrats, praised New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for banning military-style weapons in the country following the shooting.
Ocasio-Cortez said, “That is what leadership looks like.”
Sandy Hook happened 6 years ago and we can’t even get the Senate to hold a vote on universal background checks w/ #HR8.
Christchurch happened, and within days New Zealand acted to get weapons of war out of the consumer market.
This is what leadership looks like ⬇️ https://t.co/TcdR63anBt
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 21, 2019
This is what real action to stop gun violence looks like. We must follow New Zealand's lead, take on the NRA and ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons in the United States. https://t.co/lSAisDG9Ur
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 21, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez pushed again on gun control late Thursday with several points she believes should be made.
The freshman representative mentioned banning bump stocks, even though they’re already being banned as the U.S. is making them illegal next week, according to Fox News.
You know, instead of training children, teachers, houses of faith, & concertgoers to prep for being shot, we could just:
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 22, 2019
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) also wants the U.S. to follow in the footsteps of New Zealand’s new gun law.
In country after country, massacres are followed by sweeping changes to gun laws, as logic would dictate. The United States needs to follow these examples and take action to protect Americans from this deadly public health scourge. pic.twitter.com/yEOscNh6on
— Senator Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) March 21, 2019
As IJR Red previously reported, Ocasio-Cortez found herself in hot water when she asked after the shooting, “What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?”
She then claimed, “‘Thoughts and prayers’ is reference to the NRA’s phrase used to deflect conversation away from policy change during tragedies.”
“If one of your first 1000 thoughts after a horrific mass shooting is to go dunk on a person, a religious belief or an organization on Twitter, you should delete your account,” one Twitter user wrote in response.