Video: Scalise: Prayers helped me tremendously after shooting
“It’s disgraceful,” Rep. Steve Scalise said. “Anytime there’s any kind of tragedy, I mean a shooting, a bombing, whatever, immediately you’ve got a group of legislators that go run out, start calling for gun control and taking away the rights of law-abiding citizens.”
The proposed bills “have nothing to do with these kinds of shootings,” Scalise noted.
Commonalities in shootings seem to be Scalise noted “mental illness” and “gun-free zones.”
“The prayers helped me tremendously. And unfortunately, there’s some on the Left that actually mock praying for people. They say, ‘Oh, do gun control.’ I needed those prayers. Those prayers helped me and my family at a really difficult time. And you could feel them,” said Scalise.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise arrived on the House floor for the first time after being shot during a congressional baseball game. Scalise entered on crutches with a beaming smile and was met with a standing ovation, pats on the back, and hugs from his colleagues.
It was the Lousiana congressman’s first time back to work at the U.S. Capitol since the June 14 shooting.
“As you can imagine, these last three and a half months have been pretty challenging times for me and my family, but if you look at the outpouring of love, of warmth, of prayer — my gosh, [my wife] Jennifer and I have been overwhelmed with all of that outpouring,” Scalise said while addressing his House colleagues. “It’s given us the strength to get through all of this and to get to this point today.”…
Scalise said the shooting changed him “but not in the ways you might think.”
“It’s only strengthened my faith in God, and it’s really crystallized what shows up as the goodness in people,” Scalise said. “I got to see that goodness in people and so while some people might focus on a tragic event and an evil act, to me, all I remember are the thousands of acts of kindness and love and warmth that came out of this and kept me going through all of it and again, just re-emphasized just how wonderful most people are and how much compassion there is out there.”
Scalise thanked the two U.S. Capitol police offices –- Crystal Griner and David Bailey –- who were assigned to his security detail that day and fired back at the shooter even though they had also been injured.
“David, you are my hero, you saved my life. Thank you so much,” Scalise said, as representatives gave Bailey, who was in the audience, a standing ovation.
“So many others of you, again, both Republican and Democrat, reached out in ways that I can’t express the gratitude and how much it means to me, Jennifer and our whole family,” Scalise said. “It really does show the warm side of Congress that very few people get to see.”…
Before addressing the House, Scalise tweeted “I’m back” this morning, along with a photo. ABCNews
Video: Scalise receives standing ovation, high-fives upon return to Congress
Some happy hump-day news: more than a month after he was shot and nearly killed while at baseball practice for the Congressional Baseball Game, Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) has been discharged from MedStar Washington Hospital Center and has entered an inpatient rehabilitation program. Scalise was discharged on Tuesday.
A statement from MedStar said that Scalise has made “excellent” progress and is in “good spirits.” He expects to return to work once he has finished with rehab.
Congressman Steve Scalise has made excellent progress in his recovery from a life-threatening gunshot wound six weeks ago. Yesterday, he was discharged from MedStar Washington Hospital Center and is now beginning a period of intensive inpatient rehabilitation. He is in good spirits and is looking forward to his return to work once he completes rehabilitation. He and his family are grateful for the care he received from the trauma team as well as the other doctors, nurses, and staff of MedStar Washington Hospital Center. The family also appreciates the outpouring of prayers and support during this time. TownHall
Republican lawmaker Steve Scalise, shot and wounded during a baseball practice last month, has been readmitted to ICU in a serious condition.
House Majority Whip Scalise, 51, from Louisiana, was one of five people shot while the Republicans’ baseball team was practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game, a widely attended charity event, on June 14 in a Washington, D.C., suburb.
The representative had been improving in recent weeks following surgeries to repair internal organs and broken bones, and the hospital had even downgraded his condition to ‘serious’ from ‘fair.’
But MedStar Washington Hospital Center officials report that Scalise has had to be readmitted to ICU after developing a serious infection.
The hospital said it would provide another update on Scalise, the No. 3 Republican leader in the House of Representatives, on Thursday. DailyMail
Rep. Steve Scalise and Matt Mika are still in the hospital.
Four people were wounded by gunfire and two sustained other injuries, authorities said.
A single bullet traveled across Scalise’s pelvis, fractured bones, injured internal organs and caused severe bleeding, the hospital said, and he was transported in shock to the medical center.
Scalise, 51, was one of four people shot by the gunman Wednesday. The others were Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner, who was shot in the ankle; Matt Mika, a Tyson Foods lobbyist, who’s in intensive care with chest wounds; and congressional staffer Zachary Barth, who was hit in the leg and is out of the hospital. Barth’s boss, Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, twisted his ankle during the shooting, and Capitol Police Officer David Bailey also sustained a minor injury.
Mika, who had also been in critical condition, is now in serious condition, which is an improvement, according to a spokeswoman for George Washington University Hospital. CBSNews
According to doctors, Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise was in “imminent risk of death” when he arrived at MedStar Washington Hospital on Tuesday and endured several operations to steam a potentially fatal wound to his midsection that threatened numerous vital organs.
Dr. Jack Sava, the chief trauma surgeon, said that Scalise was in shock when he was taken there after being shot during a Congressional baseball practice.
Medstar doctors reported that Scalise remains in critical condition with more surgeries to come but they “are encouraged by improvement in his condition.”
Sava said the “risk of death” is less now than it was days ago, at which time he could have died of his wounds. DailyCaller
Update: Video — Mark Steyn: Left wants to denormalize, dehumanize opponents
James Hodgkinson (killed by police), Trump-hating Bernie supporter, attempted a massacre of a GOP Congressional Baseball Team practicing for a planned charity game. It was fortunate that House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise ( R-La) was at the practice game, his security detail of Capital Police were there. Their armed response, both were wounded, prevented a massacre. The DailyMail reported that Hodgkinson fired up to 100 rounds.
House majority whip Steve Scalise’s condition has been downgraded to critical.
Michigan Rep. Mike Bishop earlier described how one man – thought to be part of Scalise’s Capitol Police protection detail – stood his ground to return fire as the congressmen and at least one of their children dove for cover in a dugout and Scalise dragged himself across the field after being hit, leaving a trail of blood behind him. DailyMail
Flashback: Climate of Hate
Just hours after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in Tucson, Ariz. in 2011 by Jared Loughner, an insane man, that the left media began a campaign against the “climate of hate” allegedly fostered by Sarah Palin. There was no evidence that Loughner, a schizophrenic, was inspired by Palin.
Clarence Dupnik, the Democrat sheriff of Pima County after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot:
“We need to do some soul-searching. It’s the vitriolic rhetoric that we hear day in and day out from people in the radio business and some people in the TV business. When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government, the anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous.”
The Present: The Left reacts to Scalise shooting with predictable viciousness.
In the wake of the shooting, lots of people on the Internet lost their minds. Several progressives even went out of their way to suggest the victims deserved to get shot because they have the wrong views on gun control, or Obamacare, or Donald Trump. Here are some of the most insane reactions to the Congressional baseball shooting so far.
Newsweek seemed to think the most important fact about the shooting is that one of the victims supported Donald Trump. The Federalist
Markos Moulitsas, founder of Daily Kos and Vox, responded today to a year old tweet from Sen. Rand Paul who was quoting Judge Napolitano: “Why do we have a Second Amendment? It’s not to shoot deer. It’s to shoot at the government when it becomes tyrannical.”
Vilification and dehumanizing discourse to condoning violence. The Left is a nonstop hate fest from Berkeley to a baseball field in Virginia to New York.
Huff Post Writer:
James Hodgkinson did this shooting and he did it for ideological reasons. He asked Rep. Ron DeSantis , “Are those Republicans or Democrats out there practicing?”