“If you go look at the writings of our founding fathers, they believe strongly in the rights of people to arm themselves for self-defense,” Scalise noted.
“Go read what Thomas Jefferson wrote, what John Adams wrote about the importance of people having firearms to protect themselves. It’s part of who we are, part of our fabric of our nation,” Scalise added.
Scalise added that as he recovered from being shot at practice for a congressional baseball game in June, he received “unbelievable love and support from all around the country, just people that were praying for me that never met me before.”
In an interview Wednesday in USA Today, Scalise said he was happy to be back at work. “I’m feeling good. I missed home and I missed my job — what I love doing. I really enjoy being a member of Congress and representing southeast Louisiana,” he said.
Sanders noted that the investigation into Sunday’s attack is still ongoing, and a motive is yet to be determined.
“It is premature to discuss policy when we don’t know all the facts,” Sanders said.
Nevertheless, Clinton was out early Monday with a series of tweets going after the NRA and silencers — questioning how much worse the massacre might have been if silencers had been used.
“The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots. Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer which the NRA wants to make easier to get,” she tweeted. “Our grief isn’t enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.”
Clinton’s comments seemed to reference the NRA’s push to ease federal rules for silencers. She soon took heat from critics who called her remarks “ignorant” and “irrelevant” — noting silencers in this case probably would not been dampened the sound very much.
Asked about Clinton’s tweets, Sanders told reporters she hadn’t spoken with the president on the issue, but underscored that the investigation into the massacre is ongoing.
“I think before we start trying to talk about the preventions of what took place last night, we need to know more facts, and right now we’re simply not at that point,” Sanders said. “It is very easy for Mrs. Clinton to criticize and to come out, but I think we need to remember the only person with blood on their hands is that of the shooter, and this isn’t a time for us to go after individuals or organizations. I think we can have those policy conversations, but today is not that day.”
The shooting at a country concert outside Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay resort left 58 people dead and more than 500 people hospitalized, making the horrific tragedy the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The shooter was identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock.
Sanders told reporters that the president was briefed on the attack early Monday morning by his Chief of Staff John Kelly and has been updated “regularly and constantly” throughout the day.
“I’ve seen him today and I think he, like most of America, is saddened and certainly his heart and compassion goes out to those who are affected,” Sanders said. “Today is more a day of reflection, mourning, and gratefulness for those that were saved.”
But Sanders underscored the president’s commitment to the Second Amendment, saying “he’s been clear” that he is a “supporter,” and that likely has not changed.
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