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:
Thank you @NRA for inviting me to speak at your annual conference this year! My experience with gun violence further underscored my beliefs → we need a strong 2nd Amendment so we can defend ourselves and our families from criminals and others who want to do us harm. pic.twitter.com/EKNPnzXgI1
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) April 26, 2019
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:
Our freedoms don’t come to us from Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer—they come to us from God. I won’t stop fighting to protect our God-given freedom to defend ourselves, even as liberals in Washington try to weaken the 2nd Amendment. pic.twitter.com/CGmbODNUac
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) April 27, 2019
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:
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:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 26, 2019
“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.