House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) met with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students at the Capitol on Monday to share their experiences on surviving a mass shooting, though the congressman said he wasn’t swayed by the students’ gun-control advocacy.
“As a fellow survivor of a shooting attack, Whip Scalise heard from them about their experiences, shared his own experience with the group and talked about the healing process in the wake of traumatic events,” Scalise spokeswoman Lauren Fine said. “Whip Scalise noted how important his faith, family, friends and colleagues are in his recovery, and urged the students not to be afraid to ask their community for help and to keep supporting one another.”
Scalise was gravely wounded last June when a gunman opened fire on congressional Republicans practicing baseball early in the morning at a park in Alexandria, Va. He spent several weeks in the hospital before returning to Congress at the end of September.
Before the meeting, Scalise told Fox that he wanted to “close loopholes” and “figure out what went wrong with government before people start talking about taking away the rights of law abiding citizens.”
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