Scalise: ‘This is Pelosi’s majority…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, has more first-hand knowledge about the power of the Second Amendment than most Americans, yet congressional Democrats prevented him from testifying on their gun-violence legislation.
A crazed gunman, who was a progressive Bernie Sanders supporter, attacked congressional Republicans on June 14, 2017. Scalise was shot and had to fight for his life. Armed officers ended the shooting before it turned into a massacre.
On Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle,” Scalise discussed how Democrats blocked his powerful testimony in an unprecedented act of partisanship.
The Democrat-controlled House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-New York, responded to this allegation, saying that Republicans chose two other people to testify.
The committee said it would enter Scalise’s testimony into the record.
Host Laura Ingraham asked Scalise to respond.
“It was pretty bizarre,” Scalise said. “Historically, when Republicans were in charge—even when Democrats were in charge prior to this more radical leftist majority—if a member of Congress wanted to testify on a committee, they always provided a venue for that to happen.”
Scalise, a victim of gun violence and supporter of the Second Amendment, talked about the purpose of the Democrats’ legislation.
“In this case, they were having a hearing in the Judiciary on reducing gun violence,” he said. “I’ve got a perspective, clearly mine dealt with something that happened to me, and I saw how guns were used to save people’s lives. It should have been able to be part of the testimony. They wanted to focus on taking away the rights of law-abiding citizens, which their bill ultimately does.”
He said Democrats on the Judiciary Committee are trying to “silence conservative voices,” adding “We are going to get this message out anyway.”
Scalise then got into the details of the gun-control legislation, H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019. Rep. Mike Thompson, D-California, introduced the bill on Jan. 8.
He described some frightening circumstances that gun owners would face if the bill passes.
“If you loan your shotgun to a friend of yours to go hunting, under certain circumstances in their bill, you could go to jail for a year and have a $100,000 fine,” Scalise said, adding that the bill would make that loan a “felony.”
While the bill’s proponents say it aims to reduce gun violence, Scalise said its purpose is to limit Second Amendment rights.
“They want full-gun registration. They want to take away your rights,” he said. “If their bill would have passed, it would have done nothing to stop the shooting that happened in my case, the shooting that happened in Parkland, a lot of these other tragic shootings. It would take away the rights of law-abiding citizens to have a gun.”
Scalise also talked about the Democrats’ decision to remove “so help me God” from the oaths that committee members take.
“These are Democrats that are now chairing committees,” he said. “This is Pelosi’s majority. All those Democrats who won saying they are pro-life, pro-gun, and they are against Pelosi, they elected Nancy Pelosi as Speaker. Now they are trying to take away God.”
Watch the conversation between Ingraham and Scalise: