Is Steve Scalise too stupid to live?

Is Steve Scalise too stupid to live?

Steve Scalise represents Lousiana’s 1st District in the U.S. House of Representatives and served as House Majority Whip from 2014 until Democrats took the majority in 2018.

On June 14, 2017, Scalise and fellow Republican congressmen were in Alexandria, VA, practicing for a charity baseball game when James T. Hodgkinson of Illinois opened fire on them with an AR-style rifle.

Scalise was hit in the left hip and gravely wounded.  Other victims included Capitol Police Special Agent Crystal Griner, lobbyists Matt Mika and Zack Barth and a staffer for Rep. Roger Williams of Texas.

Thanks to the quick response of Capitol Police, the only fatality was the shooter, James Hodgkinson. Scalise survived, but faced a long, grueling recovery and still walks with a cane.

Besides the rifle, Hodgkinson also had a Smith & Wesson 9 millimeter pistol with him.  Had Scalise been shot in the hip with a 9 mm bullet, he could’ve been out of the hospital within days instead of weeks.

The bullet fired from the AR style rifle shattered bones in Scalise’s leg and hip, destroyed blood vessels and injured internal organs, which is exactly what those types of bullets are supposed to do.

NRA guys continually challenge gun control proponents with specious and disingenuous arguments about what constitutes an “assault rifle.”

Newsflash: It’s not the rifle.  To paraphrase Bill Clinton, “It’s the bullet, stupid.”

Any rifle that fires a .223 or 5.56 NATO is a weapon of war and should not be available to the general public.

At the very least, anyone who wants to buy such a weapon should have to go through some sort of enhanced screening process.  Whackos need not apply.

As a point of reference, James Hodgkinson fired 62 of those bullets during the 9 minute standoff.

And yes, I do own one, which I would be loathe to give up, but this insanity has to stop.

Upon returning to Congress, Scalise said, “I’m definitely a living example that miracles really do happen.”

Yes, Steve, it is a miracle that you survived and still have not found the courage or integrity to stand up to the NRA.

Based upon his idiotic mumblings about the 2nd Amendment and the need for “good guys with guns,” it’s apparent that Mr. Scalise is deeply in the pocket of the National Rifle Association.

The 2nd Amendment is a tawdry affair and the NRA has found a way to twist it into knots for their own purposes, which include money from gun manufacturers and $5,000 suits for its leader, Wayne LaPierre.

Scalise isn’t representing his constituency because the vast majority of Americans want stricter regulation of guns.

For now, Scalise is the NRA’s poster boy.  If he had died, Scalise might have served America better as the poster boy for gun control.

When Walmart decided to pull guns from their shelves, the NRA responded with, “…Walmart has chosen to victimize law-abiding Americans. Our leaders must be willing to approach the problems of crime, violence and mental health with sincerity and honesty.”

What a load of crap.  Stricter gun laws will not victimize law abiding citizens, no one is trying to take their guns away.

Mental health issues may impact crimes and violence in America’s cities, but it’s the guns they use that kill people. Tightening up loopholes in gun laws would help to keep guns out of the hands of those whose mental health is not up to gun ownership.

It would also help stem the tide of guns purchased in Indiana by “straw men” and sold to Chicago’s drug-selling, gun toting criminal types.

The man who shot Steve Scalise bought his guns legally in Illinois.  The challenge is to find a way to keep people like James Hodgkinson from buying weapons of war and turning our nation into a battlefield.

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