Republican Who Survived Shooting Says Democrats Wouldn’t Let Him Testify at Gun Control Hearing

The Daily Signal | 2/7/2019 | Staff
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House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., said Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee blocked him from appearing at a hearing Wednesday on gun control to testify as the victim of the shooting during a congressional baseball practice two years ago.

Historically, Scalise said, members of Congress normally are given the opportunity to testify before a committee and he was shocked that his request was denied.

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Since Democrats set the hearing on how to reduce gun violence, he said, he saw an opportunity to share his near-death experience of being targeted by a shooter and saved by police officers’ guns in what could have turned out to be a massacre on June 14, 2017.

“I saw how guns were used to save people’s lives, and it should’ve been able to be part of the testimony,” Scalise, a Second Amendment defender, told Fox News Channel host Laura Ingraham on Wednesday night. “They wanted to focus on taking away the rights of law-abiding citizens, which their bill ultimately does.”

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Scalise said he found out the previous weekend about the Democrats’ decision to exclude him from the hearing.

The hearing, called “Preventing Gun Violence: A Call to Action,” focused on a bill that would expand background checks to Americans who sell, loan, or give guns as a present.

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