Scalise Shares Testimony of How Surviving Shooting Strengthened His Support in Second Amendment

Nearly two years after surviving a shooting at a congressional baseball practice, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) is continuing to advocate for Second Amendment rights.

The Republican congressman opposes gun control, even after the Republican congressional baseball practice in 2017 during which he was personally wounded by a bullet, leaving nerve damage in his left leg.

At the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) annual event in Indiana on Friday, Scalise reiterated his commitment to standing up for Americans’ right to bear arms.

“We need a strong 2nd Amendment so we can defend ourselves and our families from criminals and others who want to do us harm,” Scalise wrote on Twitter, along with the video of his experience coming face-to-face with gun violence.

Watch the video below:

Explaining how his personal experience with gun violence only strengthened his “deep-rooted beliefs” on Second Amendment rights, Scalise told the crowd at the NRA event (emphasis added):

“Our rights do not come to us from some Supreme Court judge. Our rights don’t come to us from Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer. Our rights come to us from God, not lawmakers. It’s God who gave us our rights. Our Founding Fathers believed in that. […] When people try to take away our foundational understanding that this was a nation founded under God, we always have to fight to defend that because that’s the core of what they’re trying to do to take away and undermine our values, is take away the understanding that this was a nation rooted in the belief of God.”

Speaking of his experience, Scalise remembered that he laid on the ballfield and could hear the gunshots from further away.

He then crawled into the outfield, where he found himself praying to God about “some pretty heavy things” — one of them being that his daughter Madison wouldn’t walk down the aisle without a father. Additionally, he prayed to see his family once again.

Watch him explain how rights are God-given:

He continued to say that “this unbelievable sense of calm that came over me because I put it in God’s hands, and he took care of me.”

Scalise gave praise to law enforcement for their service “because they provide a valuable service and they’re not thanked enough.” He added, “They were there for all of us that day, and they are true American heroes.”

The Republican lawmaker thanked “incredible patriot” President Donald Trump and his administration for putting “good people on the Supreme Court who understand it’s their job to interpret the Constitution as it’s written not rewrite it in the vein of their desires.”

Watch the full video below:

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence also spoke at the NRA event, where the vice president declared that under the Trump administration “no one is taking your guns,” as IJR Red reported.

The president also threw his support behind law enforcement, saying his administration will “always stand with heroes of law enforcement” and “we’re going to protect them, just like they protect us.”

Watch the video below:

“And with God as our witness, we swear today that we will defend our rights, we will safeguard our freedoms, we will uphold our heritage, we will protect our Constitution, and we will make America stronger, prouder, safer, and greater than ever, ever, ever before,” Trump declared.


  1. Open comment to Madison Summers: You are paid to write and report on news not interject your personal distastes. The correct way to reference the current President of the United States is, President Trump.

  2. With staunch power-hungry wannabe-tyrants like SwelledHead, Kamallama, etc. we should never rest. They will not.

    The 2nd amendment is enshrined in the Constitution. The founders did so on purpose and it’s been used more recently, q.v. the Battle of Athens, TN, against those who would seize power and deny rights. q.v. the 2014 Dim vote against the 1st amendment.

    1. The Second Amendment was written in 1791 to not only give us the RIGHT to keep and bear arms; but to protect the First Amendment as well. As the Socialists continue to increase their taste for POWER and CONTROL over everything in our lives, it is up to those of us who are willing to defend our Constitutional RIGHTS and FREEDOMS by whatever means are at our disposal. A Civil War of the Socialists’ making is entirely possible.

      1. It’s also interesting that here in Florida, the newly elected Commissioner of Agriculture (a young female Democrat) has put out a call for more employees to handle the flood of applications for the State’s “Concealed Weapons or Firearms Licenses”. Also, more States are becoming “Constitutional Carry” States (NO license required to carry concealed) now standing at 13 and growing almost weekly. Makes sense. Why should we pay the State for a Constitutional RIGHT to carry a weapon?

        1. Good for FL. I can see the fees collected being used to screen those who should not have firearms. q.v. the Parkland shooter.

          Of course, no system is perfect and that was clearly a systemic failure on many levels from school admin, to local LEOs, to the FBI.

          1. As I remember (and it could be faulty) Cruz was not banned from having a firearm due to Obozo’s Promise Program.

          2. That can’t be. LOL. President Obama was forever “coming for your guns.” I heard it on FOX so it must have been so.

      2. You tell them, James. The R’s hold the Senate, WH & SCOTUS, but someone, somewhere is always coming for your guns.

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