Scalise Tears Into Dems’ Gun Control Push After New Zealand Shooting: Less About Guns, More About Control

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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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.”

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.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) also wants the U.S. to follow in the footsteps of New Zealand’s new gun law.

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.

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  1. Sen. Feinstein is absolutely correct. In EVERY Country and State in the US which has strict gun control rules, MORE massacres take place because the shooter knows the population is left defenseless. Study after study has proven MORE guns equals LESS crime; even studies by the Leftist organization – FBI. Laws are designed to punish the law-abiding gun owner while the mentally ill and criminal element is provided a pass or cover by incompetent law enforcement (See Broward County, FL).

    1. Could you explain how a country with more guns than people still has mass shootings, murders, bank robberies. and home evasions, if more guns equal less crime. WHERE do I find these studies?

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