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She admitted that she was not sure which specific laws would have prevented the shooting, however.
For his part, Scalise said he did not want Congress to examine the issue of bump stocks.
“Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi already said she wants it to be a slippery slope,” he said. “She doesn’t want to stop at bump stocks. They want to go out and limit the rights of gun owners.”
He said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives should revisit
their 2010 decision that legalized bump stocks — a request also made by the NRA.
“A week ago… most people didn’t know what a bump stock was,” he said. “So to think that we’re now all experts and know how to write some … panacea law — it’s fallacy. Let’s focus on the facts. Let’s get the facts and let’s go focus on some of the problems.”
Scalise also said he was opposed to limits on the number of firearms a person could purchase during a given time.
“It’s dangerous for the concept that the federal government would have some kind of list of who has guns and what they have,” he said.
When asked whether he agreed with laws banning automatic weapons, the congressman said that existing regulations hadn’t resulted in a reduction of violence.
“Some of the weapons that [current laws] included in there aren’t really automatic weapons,” said Scalise. “You haven’t seen a decrease in gun violence with those laws on the books. So go and enforce the laws that are there.”
Scalise also said people across the country used firearms to protect themselves from criminals — an argument consistently used by gun rights advocates.
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A member of the U.S. Capitol Police detail shot the gunman who opened fire on Scalise and his colleagues.
During his “Meet The Press” interview, Scalise said much good had come from the shooting, which he called “a bad act.”
“The love, the support, the prayers from people all around the country — it touched me and my wife Jennifer in a way that, you know, maybe we never would’ve imagined, because it was so overwhelming,” he said. “And such a good sign of America that you don’t see a lot, but we felt it directly.”