WASHINGTON DC. – Today, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) Joined Fox News Channel Fox News Sunday to discuss how, instead of coming together to find common ground on solutions to actually address the root causes of gun crimes, Democrats are proposing gun control measures to fire that infringe on the freedoms of law-abiding citizens and do little to reduce gun violence. Whip Scalise stressed that every American has the right to arm and protect themselves and pointed out that Democratic gun control legislation will make it easier for the government to confiscate firearms obtained legally without due process. Additionally, Whip Scalise pointed out that the Democrats’ radical anti-police agenda has caused a dramatic increase in crime in cities across the country, leading more Americans to buy guns to defend their families.
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On President Biden’s call to ban assault weapons:
“Well, John, the best way to move forward is, first of all, when you have a shootout, instead of sitting down and saying, ‘Okay, what’s really causing this? Why see- we these [shootings] happening more and more in recent years? It immediately becomes a debate about taking the guns away, and you quickly see the Democrats running – [on] the day of the shooting – they were talking about passing HR 8 in the Senate.
“Go see HR 8. It wouldn’t have done anything to stop this shooting. But what they end [doing]Incidentally, the president himself went even further and started talking about going after handguns in that same speech. And so, immediately [that] push everyone into a corner instead of sitting down and saying, “Why don’t we look and see if we can find any telltale signs that there might be an intervention?”
“Some communities actually do. It happened a few days ago in Berkeley, California. There was a student who was trying to not only shoot but blow up his high school, and other students found out. They alerted the authorities, and the authorities were able to move in and arrest him before anything happened. We need to focus more on stopping things before they happen. It’s not something we’re having a conversation about right now, and it should be. It immediately comes down to Democrats wanting to take guns away.
“Go see the hearing they had last week in Congress. I mean, you had Democrats cursing the Second Amendment. You had members saying, “Well, if we can get this, we’re going to blow up the filibuster and pack the Supreme Court to get around the Second Amendment.” The Second Amendment is not a guideline. It’s part of the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights, and it’s there for a reason.
“By the way, every day in America people use guns to defend themselves, and there are a lot of examples of that too. So instead of talking about the Democrats who still want to take away the rights of owners guns, law-abiding citizens, in particular, why aren’t we talking about the root causes of these problems? And there’s some common ground there, John. That’s not where the conversation is today. today, unfortunately. Frankly, I would like to see us go in that direction.
Following President Biden’s call to raise the minimum age to purchase an assault weapon:
“Well, first of all, you can look [to] California. They had a bill to raise the age in the state of California, and a federal court ruled it [was] unconstitutional. So instead of trying to go down unconstitutional routes, why not look at why more young people are doing this?
“And by the way, in a lot of these school shootings, there’s someone in that school who knew the shooter was going to act before the shooting. And we did after 9/11. We got really good focused on stopping something before it happens. If you’re at an airport today and you see an inactive bag, it won’t be there five minutes before someone alerts you [the] authorities.
“We need to help children become more committed to alerting the authorities if they see something that concerns them and letting the authorities act if necessary, and try to intervene and stop something before it happens. happen instead of immediately rushing to take the rights of gun owners.
“I mean, look, you had [this happen] a few days ago in West Virginia. There was someone – it wasn’t in a school – there was someone with a gun illegally that he – he was a criminal, [he] should not [have] even had it – and he tried to go and shoot a bunch of kids at a graduation birthday party and it’s a woman with a concealed carry permit handgun, who shot the shooter.
“There are a lot of my fellow Democrats who want to take away concealed carry permits. And again, the president himself was talking about going after handguns. There is one instance where a handgun was used to take down the shooter. In my case, it was a cop with a handgun who shot the shooter.
“And so, you know, let’s offer our prayers to the victims. Unfortunately, even [during] Moments of silence right now, you sometimes have Democrats shouting for a moment of silence instead of focusing on the victims. And then let’s get to the root of the problem. How can we do a better job of connecting the dots and stopping something before it happens? Like we did after 9/11, which worked very well in terms of stopping terrorist attacks.
“Let’s put that kind of focus on schools and young children, not just in schools. We are also interested, in passing, in the hardening of the schools. There are also a lot of commonalities. My colleague [Congressman] Hudson is working on a package — others are too — to help strengthen schools and provide [the] capacity for schools to help children identify a problem before it occurs. get that [information] to the authorities if you see a child about to do something wrong before they do it.
On how Democrats’ support for the “Defund the Police” movement has made the American people less secure:
“Well, in a lot of these countries, first of all, I mean, you look at America, over the last couple of years you’ve seen this crazy ‘Defund the Police’ movement. But, you’ve also seen a movement that has been going on for some years in the big cities where the [District Attorneys] don’t even chase criminals until it’s a shooting or a violent crime. And they let the criminals go back to the streets. And then inevitably, what you see [are] higher crime rates.
“And what you also see is that more and more American citizens, law-abiding citizens, are buying guns to defend themselves. It’s happening in every demographic you can imagine, where you have a surge in people buying guns because if they can’t believe their local police department that’s been funded can happen quickly, or if the [District Attorney] will let the criminal out, they are their only line of defense. So people are buying more guns to defend themselves against crime, but crime is out of control in a lot of big cities.
“But by the way, if you look at what happened in these cities, you see a lot of things [associated] with the “Defund the Police” movement that gets people out, without cash bail, where they make it easier for people to commit crimes. Watch smash and grab crimes. Do you think it will end there? If they think they can get away with a crime, they won’t be charged. They will continue to commit other crimes and worse crimes. It’s happened in other places. Back to the regular font.
On the real implications of the Democratic gun control legislation:
“Well, I can assure you that the American public was not asked in this poll about the components of the bills that Democrats are pushing through Congress to do these things.
“So, you know, under the guise of [a] red flag they’re taking away due process where they can literally walk into your house and take your gun without you even knowing there’s been some kind of process where someone said ‘Oh I think that guy could be a threat.”
“So now somebody can go and take away your constitutional right. I don’t think people would be okay with that. That’s not how we deal with rights in America.
On the Democrats’ gun control agenda ignoring due process:
“Well, again, due process is a constitutional right. If you pass a bill that’s unconstitutional and think it’s going to solve a problem, again, I point to California. Maybe someone thought taking a gun away from a 19-year-old would solve a problem. It happens to be unconstitutional. So you have to respect the laws and the Constitution.
“And again, focus on the root cause of the problem. We don’t focus on the root cause of the problem. The immediate visceral reaction from Democrats in Washington is to attack the rights of gun owners in America, the law-abiding citizens who use guns for self-defense.
“Again, I point to West Virginia. Just a few days ago, this shooter broke every law. The [are] hundreds of gun laws already in place that are not even enforced by this administration, in some cases. And so, this guy has a gun. He’s going to shoot a bunch of people. He didn’t even – under current law – not have the right to have the gun. Yet he has the gun. Thank goodness there was a woman with a gun and a constitutional carry license where she knew how to use the gun, and she shot the shooter.
“If we take away the rights of these people, they won’t be able to defend themselves against people who don’t care about the laws. They’re going to find out what they’re going to do. In Berkeley, they were using bombs to try to blow up the school. So why don’t we focus on the root cause of the problem instead of trying to take guns away from law-abiding citizens who have the constitutional right to bear them? »