Demorats block shooting survivor Steve Scalise from testifying at gun control legislation hearing. Here’s his statement

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From Fox News: Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing Wednesday on new gun control legislation Democrats plan to push on the American people. The top Republican on the committee, Doug Collins, R-Ga., asked committee Democrats if I could testify about this legislation in an appropriate setting to offer another perspective as both a survivor of a shooting attack and strong supporter of our Second Amendment rights. But the Democrats said no. While liberals may try to silence conservative voices, I will not be silenced. The American people deserve to hear all perspectives. Here is the testimony I planned to give:

Statement for the Record

Republican Whip Steve Scalise, House Committee on the Judiciary
February 6, 2019

My name is Steve Scalise. I am the Congressman for Louisiana’s 1st District. I am the Republican Whip. I am also a target of gun violence.

Many of you may be familiar with the events of June 14, 2017. Around 7:00 AM, at the last morning practice before the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity, an Illinois man named James Hodgkinson opened fire on myself and a group of Republican legislators and volunteers on an Alexandria, Va. baseball field.

Fortunately, as a member of House leadership, I was accompanied by my Capitol Police security detail who were able to return fire and engage the shooter until additional law enforcement officers arrived and ultimately took down the shooter. I was shot and nearly fatally wounded, and both of my detail agents were shot as well. I am alive today thanks to the bravery of U.S. Capitol Police and the Alexandria Police, heroes like Congressman Brad Wenstrup and the first responders who rushed to the scene, the incredible medical team at Washington MedStar Hospital Center, and most importantly the grace of God.

I applaud the intentions behind this hearing and believe we are all pursuing the same goal of reducing gun violence. As someone who experienced gun violence, I do not want anyone else to go through that trauma. However, it is also important to me that we be honest with ourselves and the American people about what will — or won’t — actually prevent these tragedies. The shooter who targeted me that morning was armed with an SKS rifle and a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun, both of which were purchased in compliance with Illinois gun laws.

The new gun control restrictions currently being considered by the Democratic majority in H.R. 8 would not have prevented my shooting.

In fact, these new gun control measures being proposed in H.R. 8 would not have prevented any number of recent mass violence events. Several perpetrators of recent multi-victim shootings also purchased their guns legally. In some instances, the background check system failed, and lack of intervention from law enforcement failed to intercept potential threats.

I want to stress that the man who shot me was issued a permit to purchase firearms by the state of Illinois, and had acquired them legally. At Virginia Tech, Charleston, and Sutherland Springs failures in the background check system allowed individuals to illegally obtain the firearms they used to commit their crimes. The alleged loopholes that H.R. 8 claims to fix would not have prevented these tragedies either.

Instead, whether intentionally or not, the gun control proposals in H.R. 8 could turn law abiding citizens into criminals while also failing to achieve the stated purpose of reducing gun violence.

A recent study by the Violence Prevention Research Program at UC Davis and Johns Hopkins University into California’s effort to implement “comprehensive background checks” found that, “The simultaneous implementation of [the Comprehensive Background Check policy] and [prohibitions on firearm purchase and possession for persons convicted within the past 10 years of certain violent crimes classified as misdemeanors] was not associated with a net change in the firearm homicide rate over the ensuing 10 years in California.” Even though California implemented more stringent background checks, this study shows that these measures did not reduce gun violence.

In fact, most criminals obtain firearms through unlawful means — whether through theft, straw purchases, or lying on the required paperwork. A DOJ study of federal inmates found that only seven percent who possessed a firearm while committing the crime they were serving time for purchased it legally from a firearms dealer under their own name. Based on similar gun control measures in states like California, H.R. 8 would not deter a criminal from engaging in criminal activity, and it won’t decrease gun crime. Instead, it only succeeds in limiting the ways that law-abiding citizens could exercise their Second Amendment rights.

Every single month in America, law-abiding citizens with concealed carry permits defend themselves and others against criminals who have guns. For example, on January 8th, a man approached a 25-year-old woman in Chicago, displayed a weapon, and attempted to rob her at a bus stop. The woman had a concealed carry permit. She drew her own weapon and fired a shot, killing the armed robber. The owner of a nearby pharmacy said such violence happens “all over” Chicago. However, in this case, the intended victim was able to defend herself with her own gun.

On January 2nd, a Good Samaritan in California with a concealed carry permit used his firearm to stop an attempted stabbing of a security guard and held the perpetrator until law enforcement could arrive at the scene.
On January 17th, a man at an IHOP in Alabama opened fire on employees, killing one before another employee pulled his handgun and killed the shooter in self-defense.

On January 29th, an armed robber held up a Family Dollar Store in Georgia. A customer was able to use a personal firearm to shoot and kill the robber before the criminal could hurt any of the many employees or customers in the store.

These are just some examples from the last month alone. There are hundreds of stories like these every single year from law-abiding Americans all over the country.

I am alive due to the effective and immediate response of my Capitol Police detail, and the Alexandria Police Department. Most victims of gun violence do not have law enforcement already on the scene to respond to a violent gunman. Instead of making it harder for citizens to defend themselves until law enforcement arrives, Congress should consider legislation like H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, a bill that would help law-abiding citizens have the same tools to defend themselves as a criminal has of trying to inflict harm, regardless of where they travel.

I firmly believe we must never forget, nor minimize, the importance of the Second Amendment to our Constitution.
H.R. 8, as well as other new gun control legislation currently being considered by the House Democrat majority do not accomplish the goal of reducing gun violence.

DCG

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Dr. Eowyn
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Thank you, DCG, for posting Congressman Scalise’s censored-by-Democrats statement.

Imagine what the Demonrats will do to us if/when they get total power.

Lana
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Lana

“Imagine what the Demonrats will do to us if/when they get total power.” Sadly it is in the back of my mind much of the time these days as their behavior becomes more viscous and unhinged. If there are not bloodbaths there will be some creative way ( ending the constitution ) of finding an excuse to imprison people. The persecution has already begun if you let if be known you support Trump as your story on the man who owns a restaurant and is refusing to serve Trumpers demonstrates. Or just look at the poor kid who had the… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

I know exactly what you mean. As they say “history is written by the victors”. If people can simply forget for a moment that all things are NOT political and that there is more than “left vs right”, they might come to grow disgusted with all the manipulation.

Personally, few things in life annoy me more than attempts to manipulate me. I’m severely methane intolerant.

Lana
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Lana

Yes the manipulation is everywhere and it annoys me to no end too – in fact I resent the hell out of it. I don’t watch any kind of ” dramas” in movies, or TV at all because they are not only full of propaganda/ political manipulation, they are full of pure emotional manipulation. Who wants to be made to cry, have false exhilaration, or get stressed over suspense? Not me.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Yep. It’s one thing to be made a chump by them, it’s another to volunteer. It isn’t rape if you consent.

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

Lophatt . . . Bravo! Very well said. I find that I suffer from the same malady — it really burns my cookies when people deliberately try to manipulate, or push their agenda onto me.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Give it a year and these will be on every block:

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Lana
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Lana

Yes they have already is in many places. Just read an article that says Muzzies now outnumber Whites in all large cities in Maine. And they are African muzzies who apparently feel free to beat the locals to death.

https://www.wnd.com/2018/05/see-video-somali-gang-storms-maine-park-beats-victims/

They don’t say it in this article, but the victim in the crime below according to a Catholic website was found with a bloodied Bible near his head.
https://www.pressherald.com/2015/08/24/man-found-dead-in-portland-apartment-had-been-beaten-kicked-to-death/comments/

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Yeah, they are everywhere. There was a husband and wife (I think), in a gas station the other day and it sounded like a cat caught in a blender. They drive all the cabs here like they were in downtown Nairobi. It’s amazing to me that “our” government keeps secretly importing them and placing them all over the place with no notification or approval. Obongo did that and it hasn’t slowed a bit. I keep saying that we all know the Plan. I believe its true. We shouldn’t be surprised but we SHOULD be asking questions whether they call us… Read more »

Alma
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Alma

Lana, there’s no way socialism will take hold here, we don’t have it in our blood to be submissive, we have been free, the black Africans were slaves but they were not submissive to the white men, the black women had the white men’s children, the black Americans! It was just that they didn’t have the means to fight until Abe Lincoln made them free, and FREE they have been, all of US, white, blacks, from every continent we have known freedom and we won’t be enslaved by a doctrine foreign to US.

Lana
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Lana

Gosh Alma I wish I could agree with you. You are correct in the main of course- Americans don’t like socialism, but you have left a couple things out of the equation: all the foreigners from third world countries that they are importing WILL vote for it because they want the handouts, and the Muslims in particular do not want to assimilate, but advance Islam. Some 65 plus percent of immigrants are on some form of welfare, and stas have shown they overwhelmingly vote Dem ( commie) . No one is stopping the tide of third world refuse from entering… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

All good points. We tend to look at these things from our own generational perspectives. They haven’t taught real “civics” in schools for a long time and most kids don’t even learn cursive anymore.

They come out of these institutions fully broke for a life of serfdom and uselessness. They are not people of hope, they are people of lazy indulgence. Lack of hope breeds these attitudes. That’s why it is easy to identify communist countries by the crappy workmanship and ugliness.

CalGirl
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Ha, LO….from the front lines of education, I want to interject a comment to your reply above……NO CIVICS are taught in my district at any level. US History is taught only in 4th, 8th, and 11th grades. ONLY ONE geography class (which, remember, teaches not only an understanding of where things are in the world…but also cultural geography—like concentrations of muslims, buddhists/ Christians, religions in general, certain tribes or genetic concentrations …economics, migrations/governments/crops/trade items/skills …..etc… is taught in ONE of our 3 HSs, only ONE teacher, ONE course, for ONE year. In my middle school, the “academy kids” (the kids… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

That’s a very good point. I was shocked the other day at Mass when a sister gave a presentation for her school. She stated that they taught cursive and I thought that was a weird thing to say so I looked into it. I didn’t know that they had stopped teaching it. I started thinking about “why” they would do that and it hit me, just what you just said. They have no way to verify ANYTHING from the source documents. They may as well read Swahili. You are absolutely correct about math skills too. How much Trig does it… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Just in case you’re friends with the Science teacher you could share this with her or him:

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CalGirl
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CalGirl

OK….reviewed this with my husband and we had our BIG, HUGE Friday evening let-down LAUGH over this. Thank you so much LO….and everyone else who needs a comedic moment away from our every-day reality….MUST read this link provided by Lophatt. I, for sure, am going to pass it on to my science teachers and beyond…….. 🙂 I am smiling……..

Alma
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Alma

I agree with You, Lana, I had a taste of communism so I am hopeful the inexperience millennials realize what they have been taught is just a mirage.

Dan
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Dan

The ‘communist’ butchery inflicted on tens of millions of Russian Christians was sold as a “Workers’ Paradise.” The Orwellian occupation gov in DC incinerates tens of thousands from the sky to “bring freedom and democracy” to the dispossessed, mutilated, and dead. The scripted public psychodrama of their wholly owned msm and Congress changes to suit the American audience, now promising that disarming the citizenry will magically eliminate violent crime. Obviously (by their record) they’re motivated by no concern for life but by a maniacally atavistic hatred of white Euro-Americans that probably exceeds the hatred of Christian Russian Slavs. The drums… Read more »

Lana
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Lana

Excellent comment Dan. As far as your point: “Obviously (by their record) they’re motivated by no concern for life but by a maniacally atavistic hatred of white Euro-Americans that probably exceeds the hatred of Christian Russian Slavs.” I don’t know about exceed, but it is certainly equal. The atavistic hatred in these (((people))) is truly something frightening to behold when they speak of Russia. And of course you are correct, their big war will finally get rid of the two largest remaining European powers and their peoples paving the way for Israhell to step into the void with the antichrist… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

I DO imagine it and it worries me. This is definitely getting serious. Every day that passes is more repressive than the last. This total control of media must end as well. They will use it to stupefy and whip their flying monkeys into a frenzy.

Why even those who claim to be on the “left” can’t see how totalitarian it’s become. No one in their right minds could support that. Of course that’s the answer, isn’t it?

Lana
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Lana

Yes, it boggles the mind how many AREN’T in their right minds. I actually have a friend who is totally stuck in the past image of the 1060’s blue collar version of the Dems and cannot, or will not see what is before her. We don’t talk much these days I imagine it too which I try not to indulge, but it is somewhat like not trying to see a freight train headed towards you while you are standing on the tracks. This is why lately I have had to take a break from it all – even here on… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Sorry to hear about your troubles. I understand that completely. I know people like you mention. THAT is the issue with them. They are locked into a world of promises that doesn’t exist anymore. The truth is, they were lies back then. Of course the “principles” behind some of them were admirable. Not anymore. It is good to hear what others say. I try not to be “political” because it doesn’t mean anything. It’s like going to a rigged game and rooting for one of the teams. Some enjoy doing that. I don’t. The facts are the facts no matter… Read more »

Lana
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Lana

“For a Christian he knows that he’s already won. The goal now is to try to save as many as possible and help them to that realization.”

I love that, and agree with all my heart.

I wish I could help others too, but here in Californicate no one wants to listen, and I don’t have the energy anymore anyway. All I can hope for is that my life as I conduct myself is a worthy witness to those I love and those I come into contact with no matter how briefly.

Dr. Eowyn
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Oh, Lana. I’m so sorry for your loss…. 🙁

Lana
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Lana

Thank you so much Dr. E. I know you know how hard this is as many others here who have lost their beloved pets. Though I am not new to losing a pet this one has hit me harder for many reasons. It has been a really sad time. They thought he had asthma, but all the meds- even the kitty inhaler did nothing. Finally at the emergency they found out that there was a growth squeezing his trachea- literally cutting his airflow to almost nothing, and his lungs had become over inflated. There was no choice at that point.… Read more »

Alma
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Alma

Lana, sorry for your loss.

Lana
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Lana

Thank you dear Alma. Thanks to all the fine people here who are wonderful caring folk, and together create such a safe haven to share everything from anger to woe.

Jackie Puppet
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Jackie Puppet

Sorry to hear about your cat Lana…my parents sound like your friend regarding Democrats. They didn’t like Trump because in the case of my dad, it was kinda “personal” – he’s a retired ironworker, and while he didn’t work on Trump Tower Chicago, he knows many who did, and his issues with Trump are union-related; and mom thinks Trump’s an asshole, to which I replied, “Yeah, but he’s MY KIND OF asshole!” They’re so close-minded on him, that I haven’t been yet able to say that if JFK were alive today, he’d probably be Republican.

Lana
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Lana

Thanks so much Jackie.
Wow yes, I can see the same mind at work in your parents. And funny, I told my friend that too- the present day Dems make Kennedy look like a Republican! He would have rejected 98 percent of what they do. I hear crickets after I mention that. These people have minds like an umbrella…unless you don’t open it, it doesn’t work. Their minds are not working, they are dormant if not missing.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

JFK was no Communist, that’s for sure. He pushed “self-help”. He pushed hope. That era was more “I’ll teach you how if you’ll do the heavy lifting”. Once you learn how you can help yourself.

sunajAeon
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Dr. Eowyn excuse me for being off topic-Greg Burton just posted a story from you re: a Russian revealing Obama being groomed for President, foreign born, etc. absolutely riveting story-can you give the url please? People ought to be shouting re: this story!
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Lophatt
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Lophatt

This one has been around a LONG time. It is interesting.

Dr. Eowyn
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The real Russian (Soviet) collusion:
https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/u-s-physicist-tom-fife-obama-was-groomed-to-be-president-by-soviet-communists

But, of course, neither Mueller nor the corrupt FBI/CIA nor the Demonrats in Congress nor the RINOs would ever investigate this.

Doctor Moebius
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The congressman makes a salient and cogent discourse on the logic behind an empowered 2nd Amendment. There Demonrats MUST stop their attempted take-over of the United States by revoking our Constitutional rights. Their arguments hold no water, and only programmed propagandists in league with their anti-American agenda buy into their nonsense. We should all promote this story, and demand the Democrats stop their tyrannical power grab, which is ultimately treason against the People of the United States.

Alma
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Alma

All we are experiencing today is for a powerful reason to make America as it should have been but we were so involved in material things we forgot to take care of our country, it is not late, POTUS opened our eyes, and the passion is there, what a wake up call! DONALD J TRUMP 2020, that 2020 is the vision!

Buzz
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Buzz

Good gun control is hitting your target with the first shot.

Buzz
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Buzz

Sign at gun show: “If you voted for Obama, we cannot sell you a gun…you are too stupid to own one”.

conserve
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conserve

I am for total gun control if you are a democrat. Seeing as how 90% or more of mass shooters are democrats I propose that no demograt be allowed to own a gun.