House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., said Friday he does not think more extensive background checks or red flag laws that are now being proposed would have stopped the shooter who opened fire on him and other members of Congress in 2017 while they were practicing for a baseball game.
What is more, Rep. Scalise told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” he is not sure more laws would have stopped shooters in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, last weekend, either.
“He just kind of went off the grid,” Scalise said about Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., supporter James Hodgkinson, who shot at him and other Republicans at the Virginia baseball practice. “What are you going to do about that? What law are you gonna pass that’s going to address that?”
Proposals from House Democrats represent “more and more attempts to take away rights from law-abiding citizens,” Scalise added.
Further, Hodgkinson had not been convicted of a crime, so even with more strict background checks, he still would have been able to buy the guns he used during his attack.
“Nobody was to blame except the shooter,” Scalise said.
Instead, societal breakdowns and loopholes in existing laws are what should be addressed.
If existing laws were used, both the shooter in Parkland, Florida, and in Dayton could have been identified before they launched their attacks, said Scalise, but he does not know how the laws that are being proposed now would have changed things.
He did admit some of the red-flag proposals have some merit, but said they also must include strong due process so people’s rights are not violated.