Shooting Victim Steve Scalise: The Massacre In Las Vegas Only “Fortified” My Opposition To Gun Control

The Hill reports:

Fox News’s Martha MacCallum asked Rep. Steve Scalise in an interview to be aired later Tuesday if his experience and the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday night have changed his views about the Constitution’s Second Amendment. “I think it’s fortified it,” Scalise said.

“Because first of all you’ve got to recognize that when there’s a tragedy like this, the first thing we should be thinking about is praying for the people who were injured and doing whatever we can to help them, to help law enforcement. We shouldn’t first be thinking of promoting our political agenda,” Scalise said.

  • worstcultever

    Oh my god. Like a veritable fucking cartoon of the worst you can imagine.

    • another_steve

      I had a similar thought when I saw that video of Trump tossing rolls of paper towels at the hurricane survivors.

      I’m thinking, “Oh come on…this is parody. This can’t be real.”

      • Exatron

        I think of the Simpsons bit where Lisa says, “Mom, make dad tell the story right.”

        Marge just responds with an exasperated, “He is.”

      • FAEN

        But her emails! 🙄

      • Jack

        He DID show restraint, I understand, when the bags of rice came out.

    • RaygunsGoZap


      You know the NRA was in this fool’s hospital room early and often.

      • Nowhereman

        I wonder what they promised him if he would just stay the course.

        • RaygunsGoZap

          Another term

        • lattebud

          Not release the Russian provided tapes involving sex or illegal activities

        • fkevin

          House Speaker…Senator

    • David Walker

      Think of all the lives that could have been saved if they all toted guns. The true cowardice is with our honorable congress cretins, pulling the bill to make silencers easier to get and to legalize armor-piercing bullets. Apparently optics matter, but the US citizenry will forget all about before the week is over. Can’t the congress just be overthrown already?

      • JohnVHedtke

        Yes, if everyone in the LV crowd had had pistols, they could all have tried to fire shots into the air trying to hit an unknown target 1200 feet away with a pistol while trying to find and take cover. Surely one of the bullets might have hit him and none of the thousands of bullets fired in return fire would’ve gone up and then come back down in a densely packed urban environment with lots of people outside. Shucks, if more tourists were armed, those hit with rain-down fire could’ve returned fire themselves! It would’ve been fun and EVERYONE would’ve been safer if they’d All Had Gunz.

  • kladinvt

    WOW! So he really is that big of an NRA-WHORE. I hope his family all takes note, cause if they’re ever injured by gunfire, Scalise will just say, ‘tough luck’.

  • Bad Tom

    Too bad you could not attend the concert in person, Representative Scalise

  • margaretpoa

    That’s because Republican = stupid, greedy dumbass with no principles except money.

  • Adam King

    Some gun nuts need more target practice.

  • Lazycrockett
  • Keith D Plane

    You Sir, are an idiot.

  • hoover2001

    It sucks that this guy got shot but he’s always been a racist sack of shit who panders to the worst people in this country.

  • Jeb

    Then you’re a fucking moron.

  • Bernie

    You can’t fix stoopid

    • FAEN

      You can but it wears the batteries down.

      (Thank you Mrs Richards)

  • ByronK

    I didn’t realize one of the bullets struck him in the head.

    • UrsusArctos

      The ass. Same difference.

  • Ninja0980

    As I’ve said before, life isn’t a Hallmark Movie.
    Thomas Peters, my late and not so great neighbor and so many others didn’t become decent human beings because they suffered injuries etc.
    They remained the same assholes they always were before they were injured.
    Scalise is more of the same.

  • Jason

    I hope the next one takes out the rest of his brain

    • FAEN

      I do not wish that. I do not wish violence upon him. I would rather he were forced to live in a world with sensible gun control, marriage equality and immigration reform.

    • UrsusArctos

      This one was a close call. He was shot in the hip/ass.

  • bkmn

    Deep in the pockets of the NRA.

    • FAEN

      They let him lick their boots at their meetings. But not in the good way.

    • ByronK

      Pretty mid field at $4,950. Roy Blunt comes in first at $11,900.

      • FAEN

        My pal was in Missouri visiting an old school friend and apparently Roy’s nickname in the state is-

        Blunt The C U Next Tuesday.

      • SoCalGal20

        That was just the 2016 cycle. How much was he paid in other years? Also, did they buy any ads in his district promoting him?

        • ByronK

          I wouldn’t be surprised. I just glanced because I’m trying to hold on to the bit of sanity I have left. 😉

  • ErikDC

    It’d be like saying, “we shouldn’t talk about drug control measures because so many people are overdosing.”

    • clay

      Well, that is how they’re budgeting for it.

    • Tomcat

      By that thinking we should never talk about tax cuts because……..

    • Nowhereman

      Exactly. Or as Sessions sees it, we should lock them all up first, and THEN talk about the addiction problem.

  • bkmn
  • FAEN

    Of course it did.

    Right wing thinking-at least this version-is a mental defect. No doubt in my mind.

    • worstcultever

      Devotion/allegiance to portable mass killing machines – and money, in his case – even over one’s own children, even one’s own life. The disease of America.

  • 2patricius2

    Idiot. One would think that he would realize that prayers are powerless to help the dead victims, and law enforcement did what they could do, and this terrorist still mowed down dozens.

    • bambinoitaliano

      The lesbian cop did not save him, it was god. I think its time to cut off his security detail since god has his back.

      • BudClark

        I wonder if it occurred to anyone that “gawd” CREATED that lesbian cop for the sole purpose of saving his worthless ass.

        • bambinoitaliano

          Nah they know their god is a sadistic bastard who like to witness his creation kill each other so they can send his thoughts and prayers after.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Hey this a WTF Why the HELL not OT :

    • Adam King

      This country is completely upside-down.

    • worstcultever

      WTF? That fucking company needs to be euthanized and liquidated!

    • Nowhereman

      Amazing, isn’t it…And we can trust them–just ask them!

  • clay

    You’re a Representative; it’s your job to think about the politics of it.

  • Tomcat

    Praying for the dead, injured and grieving friends and family. You need a gun with those bullshit ideas asshole Scalise. May the next shooter find his mark better on you. I will even buy you a target shirt.

  • integral matrix

    Two police officers put their lives on the line to save this guy

    • Nowhereman

      One of them a black lesbian…

  • Ninja0980

    Want to bet he’ll be a yes vote on the next piece of anti-LGBT legislation to come his way despite the fact a lesbian saved his life?

    • Bluto
      • Lars Littlefield

        Oh, fer kewt. A little KKK-ette.

      • netxtown

        somebody please tell me its a photoshop job….

        • Gainesville man’s photo now iconic statement on race relations …

          No one who sees the photo soon forgets it: A small boy, about 3 years old, dressed in a child-sized Ku Klux Klan robe and pointed hat, reaches out to touch his reflection in a riot shield as the African-American trooper holding the shield looks down at him.

          It was a fleeting moment away from the main action during a Barrow County Ku Klux Klan group’s rally on Sept. 5, 1992, in downtown Gainesville, and just before the little boy’s mother pulled him away.

        • Lizard

          Doubt it. I saw a photo of a girl being fitted for a custom KKK robe who couldn’t have been older than ten.

      • ColdCountry

        They have to be carefully taught.

      • Nowhereman

        That is child abuse, among other things.

        • Bluto

          Legally, I bet not. In every other sense, hell fucking yeah.

          • Nowhereman

            I operate in every other sense. There are a lot of things that are totally legal that are also totally not right.

  • Mike

    What an asshole. And people say Trump is uniquely despicable. No way. He is exactly like every other Republican, only cruder and more hillbilly-ish. Go to hell, Steve Scalise.

  • Sam_Handwich

    the House chamber is a gun-free safe space

    • clay

      Waiting for Trump to hold one of his rallies in an open city square surrounded by tall, public-access buildings.

      • Tomcat

        That would bankrupt America.

        • Lars Littlefield

          It will be worth it.

      • another_steve

        The most challenging and fraught-with-danger job in the universe: Donald Trump’s Secret Service protection.

        I don’t envy them.

      • Nowhereman

        I wonder if the senate is, too. Roy Moore will be at a loss without his little purse gun.

        • Xuuths

          Perhaps he can sneak it in by hiding it in his munt.

          • Nowhereman

            A word for the day! I had to look that up. I’m assuming you are not talking about the software platform…

    • Nowhereman

      I wonder if the senate is, too. Roy Moore will be lost without his little purse gun. I’ll bet he has a little belt buckle gun, too.

    • Joseph Miceli

      Here! A petition to remove all metal detectors from Congress and the Whitehouse!
      You All know what to do! Fly monkeys! Fly!!!!

  • ETownCanuck

    Maybe he needs to be shot again in order to remind him how awful it was, and that he should want other people to never have to experience that as well.

    • Lars Littlefield

      See my comment after yours. Great minds, etc.

  • DisqusD37

    He must figure, “Well, I’ve already been shot once, so I’m probably good now.”

  • Lars Littlefield

    Yeah, because being proactive and working to prevent another mass shooting and saving lives is not our first priority.

    Somebody shoot him again. This one is a slow learner.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Yup. I can’t wait to pray for his demise.

    • BudClark

      Nope. No advocating violence or great bodily harm here. That’s what “THEY” do. We’re better than that.

      • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

        You’re exempt then Bud. I’m quite happy to, however.

  • GanymedeRenard

    It’s fortified it, because…? There’s a missing sentence there, somewhere.

    • Lars Littlefield

      There are definitely some missing brain cells.

      • GanymedeRenard

        Some? You’re so benevolent.

  • Judas Peckerwood

    I, for one, never wished this heinous fucker well.

  • j.martindale

    What a stupid man. Then again, he is republican, so what else can you expect. My thoughts and prayers go out to you in hopes you gain some sanity.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    He’s completely full of shit. Ya know how I know. I’ve been shot. Myself and everyone I know that has been shot are gun control advocates. He’s just getting a stiffy over NRA money and doesn’t want that well to run dry. Fuck him.

    • netxtown

      you can bet the first flowers to arrive in his room were from the NRA….

    • Nowhereman

      I’ll bet they were holding his hand the whole time he was in the hospital, whispering sweet nothings in his ear.

  • superindy


  • justmeeeee

    So if a guy says the first and best response is to pray…you’re gonna accept another fucking thought that comes out of his brainless head?

    • Tomcat

      No that kills it for me forever.

    • BudClark

      “Thoughts and prayers” are conservatives’ go-to excuse for doing NOTHING.

  • another_steve

    No. Words.

  • Ninja0980

    One more thing.
    If he thinks he can be an asshole and throw up what happened to him as a shield to avoid being called out, he’s got a very rude surprise in store for him.
    I and others had no qualms calling out my neighbor when he tried to do that (or use his uniform), I’ll gladly do the same to this asshole as well.

    • CPT_Doom

      I was just thinking “there goes any reason to feel sorry for him.”

  • Tom Furgas

    The NRA must be very proud of this preposterous shill.

    • Karl Dubhe

      Their cheque cleared.

    • worstcultever

      Might they have given him an extremely fat bonu$, in “sympathy” for his ordeal?

    • djcoastermark

      They are.

  • FAEN

    So why are guns banned in the House and Senate if you guys think everyone should be armed.

    • Tom Furgas

      Firearms that can be wielded by insane idiots are fine for the little peasants, but the power elite cannot and will not stand for being menaced by them.

    • BudClark

      For the same reason Congress has “Cadillac” healthcare, yet votes for the poor to die in the streets for LACK of healthcare.

      We need a constitional amendment that DISALLOWS Congress from exempting themselves from ANY law they pass.

      And, oh yeah, they need to work a forty-hour week, with four weeks’ vacation a year, which the LUCKIER of the 99% get.

      • ColdCountry

        I think they should work a 34 hour week with no paid time off and no insurance and no nothin’.

      • David L. Caster

        For the House: Two weeks in their first term. Three weeks in their second, four in their third and subsequent terms thereafter. For the Senate, 2, 3, 4 weeks respectively for each two years of the first term and thereafter. No retirement benefit for any Congress person: they must save like the rest of us. A reasonably good health care benefit into which they must contribute something. Just like a typical white-collar working person. This is what being a Congress-critter should be like.

        • Robin Salvadori Allison

          They get the same retirement package of any federal worker. They have to shop for insurance on the Exchange and buy no less than the second cheapest silver plan. They do get the employer contribution normal for federal workers, but that is 1) because the Feds as large employer has to offer insurance and 2) because their staffs have to also shop that way, and many are low enough paid that they would be getting ACA subsidies. IF the congresscritter wants to use the in-house clinic so they don’t need to fly home to see their doctor, they pay extra. If they want the ability to use military hospitals when out of the country, they pay extra.
          ANYONE making 175K a year has Cadillac health insurance. They can afford it. Most of the memes I see about their retirement and insurance are false. IIRC, most retired congresscritters get about 16K a year, and they have to wait for retirement age, just like the rest of us. They also have to have at least 5 years of service, so that one term congressman doesn’t get squat.
          That said, the majority seem to be more interested in being reelected and making a profit than to doing any good. That’s the voter’s fault. If voters don’t enforce term limits on members who ignore the will of the people and good of the nation, then we get Paul Ryan and his band of merry men.

          • David L. Caster

            The electorate is at the root of the problem. Thanks for explicating the other details.

        • JohnVHedtke

          Yes, w/r/t the healthcare: *I* am on the same plan as Congresspeople because my wife is a Federal administrative law judge. It’s an okay health plan–I’ve had much better elsewhere, honestly–and actually having health insurance is nothing I sneeze at at all, but it’s not the limousine ride most people think it is.

      • Charles Nelson

        Congress and their aides are exempt from insider-trading laws. You can’t expect them to become multi-millionaires on just that measly Congressional salary, do you?

      • JackFknTwist

        Let the USA have referendums like other democracies.
        Are you afraid of a direct input from the people ?
        The US Constitution is way beyond it’s sell by date. It needs an over-hall; get rid of the College of Cardinals, aka, the Electoral College & and introduce a Referendum procedure .

      • JackFknTwist

        Because Congress has the Marie Antoinette syndrome; let them eat cake.

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      Maybe a drive-by on their way home is in order then.

  • bambinoitaliano

    If you have god looking after people why even need guns?

  • boobert

    ” We shouldn’t first be thinking of promoting our political agenda,” Scalise said.”

    Aren’t his comments promoting HIS agenda ?

    • StudioTodd

      The problem–and he clearly cannot understand this concept–is that it’s not a “political agenda.”

      Wanting to discuss and find ways to stop demented people from killing huge swaths of innocent victims has nothing whatsoever to do with political agendas. It’s a humanitarian concern.

  • Phillip in L.A.

    Was this guy actually a “victim” as the Headline Robot claims?

    P.S. Hell no, I did not watch the video.

    • djcoastermark

      Neither will I as I don’t want to break my screen.

  • BudClark

    The “man” doesn’t have a BRAIN in his pea-pickin’ HEAD!

  • iambu

    So, you’re a legislator…and you think your top job priority right now is to pray?

    Sorry, just reminding myself that I still live in the U.S.

    • djcoastermark

      And makes me wonder why I still do live in the US. (other than the fact that affording a move to another country is a bit cost prohibitive )

  • Karl Dubhe

    Pity, the man was shot in his brains…

    • Phillip in L.A.

      He was shot in the brain on Sunday in Las Vegas, and making the talk-show circuit on Tuesday?

      • shivadog

        Different mass shooting,It was June when he was shot.

        • Phillip in L.A.

          OK, thank you! Still, three-four months is not too bad for “full recovery” from a gunshot wound to the brain

          • shivadog

            He was shot in the hip, Karl was being sarcastic.

          • SoCalGal20

            He was shot in the pelvic region. It sounded like it did quite a lot of damage.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            Three-four months is quick recovery time for any gun-shot wound, especially to be speaking in public. Good for him! Oh, I mean–what a liar!

          • SoCalGal20

            I’m hoping he has painful and debilitating complications.

      • Karl Dubhe

        Weren’t we talking about the pol who was shot in the butt during that baseball game last spring? 🙂

        • Phillip in L.A.

          No no, that was Rich Hill, who was hit in the throat by a pitched ball.

          • Karl Dubhe

            We might be talkinga bout different things then. 🙂

    • bambinoitaliano

      His brain was never fully function before or after.

  • netxtown

    It ain’t political, dumbass. It’s desperation!

    • edrex

      it’s not even desperation. it’s humane and common sense. the gop lacks these qualities.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    Saying that it fortified your position IS promoting your political agenda, otherwise you would have said “No comment”.

  • ByronK

    So Javanka moved their private email accounts to a private Trump org. server while they were under scrutiny. I’m shocked, shocked I tells ya!

    • Tomcat

      Where it can be hidden by the presidential immunity.

      • ByronK

        The stench coming off them is becoming so toxic, you almost have to pee on a rag and cover your face before reading their names.

        • Tomcat

          Reminds me of one of those horror films where the terror just keeps escalating into a fever pitch.

          • ByronK

            But for the RNC, “the phone calls are coming from inside the house!”

          • Tomcat

            Mommy, mommy please make them stop.

  • djcoastermark

    The first thing we should think about is praying- WTF – Yeah that is the perfect solution. Stupidity reigns supreme in this country. Decent people are so screwed.

    • BudClark

      “Prayer” is the conservatives’ excuse for doing NOTHING. I’m STILL waiting for “gawd” to restore the FIRST amputated limb, blind person’s sight, deaf person’s hearing, etc. etc. etc.

      I’m supposed to spend my life appeasing a non-existent entity which will throw me into everlasting torment if I don’t “love” him enough?

      I don’t THINK so!

      • djcoastermark

        A 1000 upvotes.

  • What a fucking idiot. He should be disqualified from serving in public office.

    • scottrose

      I’m sorry he survived. (He’s a vicious anti-LGBT bigot).

      As if we didn’t have examples from other countries that successfully enacted sensible gun control and saw a reduction in gun violence. By contrast, there is no country that expanded gun and ammo sales and saw a reduction in gun violence.

  • royinhell

    If his experience and the latest mass murder won’t change his mind, there’s only one option: VOTE THE ASSHOLE OUT. The NRA sure got its money’s worth with this one.

    • MBI

      uhm… Is it that easy?
      The majority of his constituents voted for him. That’s how he got into office.

      • Tomcat

        He is House and most likely in a gerrymandered precinct.

      • amandagirl15701

        Even after he spoke at a white supremacist convention.

        • MBI

          Things like that only increases his popularity among his constituents.

  • geoffalnutt

    Prayer is the very last thing anyone should ever think of – especially during a disaster. Just start DOING.

    • Tom Furgas

      As the NY Post headline put it; “GOD ISN’T FIXING THIS”

      • Tomcat

        God did not cause it and god is not going to take the blame for it.

  • worstcultever

    He’s actually saying that responsible governance only interferes with prayer.


  • Rocco Gibraltar

    The lesbian first responder should have let him die. Sorry that’s not politically correct, but it’s right.

    • bambinoitaliano

      I would adjust my uniform and my hair before I slowly pull out my gun and shout at the assailant to drop his gun like a mother on a lawn chair yelling at the kid to stop whatever he is doing with no intention of getting off her seat.

  • I’m sorry this guy survived.

  • Cody in CT

    Thoughts and prayers ad infinitum while the bodies while the dead bodies continue to pile up.

  • Megrim Twist

    Simply unreal.

  • Andymac3

    You know how you help law enforcement, you regulate gun control, mandatory gun licenses and training, and limit the types of firearms that can be sold so that law enforcement isn’t facing military level firepower, you fuckwit.

    • Tomcat

      Strangely there are a lot of cops out there that agree they have the right to all these guns.

  • LatrinaDiBucca

    Stupid fucker. His response fortifies my wish that he hadn’t survived.

  • BlindBill

    I wonder what he “did” after the massacre that demonstrates “whatever we can to help them, to help law enforcement” ….. or was that the prayers thing (aka: nothing at all) ….. no time for promoting his political agenda, but lots of time for Faux news interviews that promote the agenda of his financial backers – the NRA.

  • ByronK

    And you know damned well that the GOP are going to claim that he’s off limits from any criticism because of what he went through. “How dare you pick on such a brave man after all the suffering he endured for the country!” Of course they will claim this while declaring open season (so to speak) on people like Giffords.

  • Daveed_WOW

    Bless his heart. Prayers should be our first priority.

    • bzrd

      I’m thinkin’ about it

      • Daveed_WOW

        I was thinkin’ about trying wishin’ and hopin’ …plannin’ and deamin’…

  • MBI

    His brain must have located around his ass when he was shot last summer.

  • Michael McReavy

    That’s just unbelievable. What an ass.

  • pch1013

    In 2016 he received $4,950 from the NRA PAC.

    • Canadian Observer

      Remarkable how cheap someone’s conscience is… even I could afford to buy a GOP Congressman’s complicity apparently.

  • Fuck you. My “political agenda” here is to reduce the number of mass shootings. You pray. I want to do something. Your political agenda is to do nothing while more people are slaughtered. Their blood is on your hands, motherfucker.

    • David Gervais

      So not only can he be bought, but he can be bought cheaply.

  • mr wonderful

    Scalise is CLEARLY fucking brain-damaged from his shooting.

  • lymis

    Because nothing would have improved the situation in Las Vegas like having a thousand people pump bullets into a hotel full of people.

    • KaBoomBOX

      This deserves all the upvotes.

  • kmcdevitt

    I try not to, but I really do hate these people. And I resent them for that.

  • Judas Peckerwood

    So I guess this is what they mean by “taking one for the team.”

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    May he endlessly suffer the rest of his days. He should have died.

  • tim870

    When it happens to him again, I hope the first responders are armed with only paper towels.

    • Tomcat

      How will they know it happened again ONCE they allow silencers.

  • RaygunsGoZap

    I would love to beat this fucker to death with Dana Loesch’s feet.

  • SoCalGal20

    Well, can’t say I missed you, Steve Scalise.

  • Tomcat

    Sanity is a terrible thing to waste. Yet the entire GOP is doing it.

    • Ross

      You can’t waste what you don’t have.

  • SoCalGal20

    Also, you’re promoting your polical agenda of campaign handouts from the NRA. How much do they pay you, Steve?

  • Nowhereman

    So–too soon? How about now? Now? Would NOW be OK?
    I really really hate hypocrites. We should be talking about gun control every damn day until we get some, and I don’t mean holding your weapon with both hands.

  • ohbear1957
    • Tomcat

      And a privilege they want to take away.

  • Tomcat

    Scalise, I am sorry your pet project of weapon silencers has to be tabled until the heat is off from this latest shooting. Better luck next time, and I mean the shooter.

  • Terance Greene

    You can’t fucking multi task?

  • teeveedub

    One of the worst aspects of this particular act of gun violence is that it made this ultra-right asshole into a martyr and a hero in the minds of many.

  • HZ81

    The NRA must pay per prayer, because that’s all these motherfucking GOP fuckfaces do when a jillion are mowed down by their precious gun/toys.

    Scalise is a racist piece of stupid shit.

    • Tomcat

      Prayers being fictitious cost nothing so that is why they pray.
      They do the least they can get away with and spend the least on.

  • Tomcat

    Too soon for talk about gun control right after a shooting, well it is too soon to talk about tax breaks for rich right after paying for destructible storms.

  • ColdCountry

    Un Fucking Believable.

    • Tomcat

      It ALL is!!!!!

      • ColdCountry

        And it keeps getting worse! How? How can he keep sinking lower? Is there no bottom?

  • billbear1961

    After you help those who have been wounded, you take action to make this kind of crime much harder to commit!

    And that means much stricter gun-control laws, like every other advanced democracy possesses, societies where such crimes are almost NON-EXISTENT!

    Jesus CHRIST, how I hate the goddamned media–this is just common sense! Have they got a brain in their idle HEADS?? The Republicans are full of such obvious SHIT!!

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Is it wrong of me to hope “they get it right next time” where Scasleazy is concerned?

  • Kenster999

    OK, so if immediately after is not the time to talk about gun control, how come they didn’t talk it about starting a week after the last one and up until Sunday night? They’re waiting for the right time, right? SMH

  • No More GOP.

    So…. bought and paid for, even when shot.

    • David L. Caster


    • JAKvirginia

      Yeah. Took one for The Giver.

  • billbear1961

    Last try . . .

    One way or another, they WILL strip you of your insurance–old people will be kicked out of nursing homes. They and poor and disabled children will suffer and die without adequate care. But you will not take to the streets to protest!! Their refusal to do anything in the wake of this massacre shows their absolute CONTEMPT for you. I do believe they could line your kids, your families, up and mow them down with machine guns–in essence, their inaction in the face of frequent mass shootings amounts to this, to the constant threat of this–and yet you would do NOTHING.

    This is insanity, and the Republicans are evil! Why do you recognize the authority of such criminals, who’ve sold out completely to the gangster oligarchs?! How many of you do they have to KILL before you launch massive and relentless protests to make this government of gangsters understand you WON’T put up with their CRIMES?!

    Trump, who has obstructed justice and continues to hide the crimes that access to his financial records would reveal, is stacking the courts with right-wing fanatics; and NOTHING is being done to prevent the interference seen in the 2016 elections from occurring again! How many elections will you allow the right to STEAL?? And even IF the elections were honest, and even IF the right won a solid majority, explain to me how deliberate wanton cruelty, as government policy, how majoritarian tyranny–fascism–which will strip MILLIONS of their rights, which may likely imprison or enslave or send millions to their deaths–can EVER be acceptable in a genuine democracy?!

    March, in massive and relentless and peaceful protests before it is too late–let the GOP and Mueller and the entire Establishment see you WILL defend this Republic from pathological liars, thieves, and–it is no exaggeration–KILLERS!!

  • TheManicMechanic

    Go and play some more baseball, Scalise. The last game wasn’t long enough.

    • Tomcat

      But I understand he ended up with his left nut in his right side pocket.

      • grada3784

        But he’s nuts enough for that not to matter.

  • jimbo65

    What a surprise. A good GOP company man til the end. I could be wrong, but this guy didn’t even thank the officer who stopped the shooter. Who happened to be a black lesbian.

  • Charles Nelson

    Congress will not pass any gun control laws until a massacre occurs in the Capitol building. Even then, NRA-bought politicians will try to squirm their way out of doing it.

    • Old Top Kick

      Nah, we surrendered to the gun lobby after Sandy Hook. Republicans decided that their gunz were more valuable than their children. Even attacking them at baseball practice didn’t faze them.

      Until the left controls all 3 branches with a cloture majority in the Senate, nothing will happen. Even if it does, the #ReichWing will tear it all down when they eventually regain power.

  • Tomcat

    The only right time to talk about gun control is once republicans control the entire country. That way they will be able to keep it that way.

  • stevenj

    Oh yes, pray first. That will definitely help stop the near daily mass shootings.

  • Tomcat

    I want to buy a round of thoughts and prayers for everyone on here tonight.
    I can afford it I have been saving up for the occasion.

  • disqus_D9pH1OIG67

    Maybe he needs to play baseball again.

  • Old Top Kick

    Hope he’s crippled for life. Screw him.

  • Ken M

    They need to set up shop on the Ellipse and truly be exposed…to the beauty of fall. Just for a week…or 2.

  • JackNasty

    The asshole misspelled “prey on”. That’s what the NRA and the GOP do to the victims of mass shootings. .

    • JackFknTwist

      The education is not strong with this one.
      —–my name sake !
      Edit : i love the shirt

  • Steverino

    File under “Slugs for Salt.”

  • JAKvirginia

    Apparently you should have been shot in the head. No danger of hitting any vital organs there.

  • Gerry Fisher

    It’s not a “political agenda.” It’s an attempt to save lives, you colossal douche!

  • KnownDonorDad

    “I think he should have had a 50 cal, because freedom.”

  • Richard B

    I always thought Steve Scalise, who represents my district, was dumber than a box of rocks.
    Today, I am certain, he is dumber than a box of rocks.

  • RexDaddy

    I thought he was shot in the pelvis not the head…

    • OdieDenCO

      most republicans have their head up their ass, so the anatomy works

  • roadtripboy

    “We shouldn’t first be thinking of promoting our political agenda” Which is true. We should be discussing how to keep it from happening again. And that Steve, is why we need to discuss gun control right now.

  • Silver Badger

    “There are none so blind as he who will not see.”

  • Why should preventing gun violence be “political”? It’s a human agenda. The NRA and the Republicans have made this political and they have blood on their hands.

    • Gianni

      I asked myself that, too. What in hell does politics have to do with preventing violent killings from overwhelming firepower in the hands of fools?

      • M Jackson

        He is admitting that the NRA is a part of his own political party.

  • SammySeattle

    What is the price of a “soul” these days?.

  • fuzzybits
  • Gianni

    “…..we should be thinking about is praying for the people who were injured
    and doing whatever we can to help them, to help law enforcement.” OK, you’ve covered the prayer thing (always a good, compassionate sound bite) and if you want to help law enforcement, let’s get some serious gun control legislation worked out so the likelihood of these massacres can be seriously reduced. Law enforcement needs a citizenry much less able to arm themselves better than the police.

  • DN

    Hey, that’s fine, Steve. Nobody actually thought you’d *learn* from nearly dying. And while you’re busy not learning anything, has it occurred to you that the guy who shot you up, while he may not have actually been a rightwinger, was living up to one of the rightwing’s major talking points? Specifically, the talking point that guns are necessary so citizens can kill the government and replace it.

  • Blackfork

    You goddamn son of a bitch, you fucking pussy. After all you went through.

  • OdieDenCO

    so all I heard was: now is not the time to talk about gun control. same shit different mass murder

  • BearEyes

    you fucking asshole. you have learned absolutely nothing.
    You deserve nothing in return.

  • justme

    So maybe the voters will convince you otherwise ..

  • Joe

    It’s not a political agenda.
    Just ask the families of the 600 victims.
    But what a clever pivot from this little weasel.

  • Bob Conti

    Oh fucking piss off!

  • If only someone in that crowd had a rocket launcher, they could have taken that guy OUT.

  • Bert_Bauer

    Funny that the political agenda is the FIRST things conservatives push when the terrorist suspect isn’t white … oh, sorry, he’s white so it isn’t terrorism, either.

  • You’re certainly chomping at the bit to push your political agenda, you lying ass-clown.

  • Robert Adams

    Anyone who is having difficulty understanding what is happening in this country today should pick up a copy of Jared Diamond’s book — Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed.

  • John Calendo

    Craven shill bought & paid for by the gun lobby. Even his own karma was not clarifying enough. Really, these Republicans are the worst.

  • Oh, Parker

    This is the reason I have no sympathy for anything that happens to people like him. If they don’t care about their own best interests then why should I waste my time doing it for them. They can all go fuck themselves.

  • Ann Kah

    You mean “The democrats shouldn’t promote THEIR political agenda”. Doing not a damn thing about it is the republicans’ agenda.

  • JCF
  • secretlab

    The actual Steve Scalise must have expired, only to be replaced by this silicone rubber replicant operated by the NRA.

  • SDG

    And… that is why ‘murica is the shit pile it is. The land of stupid fucks (sorry to those of you who are NOT stupid fucks).

  • Happy_Housewife

    Now that’s one loyal whore.

  • trouble94114

    “We shouldn’t first be thinking of promoting our political agenda,” . No you ridiculous excuse for a sentient being, We should be trying to promote sensible and reasonable methods to prevent the likelihood of occurrences. Perhaps we might tailor our responses along the lines of what virtually every other first world country does.

    Oh wait, that’s right, we’re “Terminally Unique” (or uniquely terminal, if you follow the concept to it’s final outcome.

  • Edmund Allin

    A country where a discussion of gun control can be described as furthering an agenda is in trouble. Is it a political issue? In the US, yes. But an “agenda” – not even in the US, I’d have hoped.

  • Laurie Lee

    Common Sense has left the building

  • Halou

    Would he say the same if the shooter in his case was black? Muslim? Mexican?

  • Halou

    What happens to the market value of gun manufacturers just hours after each and every mass shooting? Tens of thousands of people have been fooled into believing that despite the dozens of guns they have gathering dust in the attic they have to buy more more more more more, or else big bad Obama will come to take their “children” away. Who is really pushing the agenda here?

  • Steve Smith

    “Because first of all you’ve got to recognize that when there’s a tragedy like this, the first thing we should be thinking about is praying for the people who were injured and doing whatever we can to help them.” Like, maybe allow them affordable health care and safe public spaces, you fucking hypocrite. How much are you being paid to spout this bullshit?

  • Joseph Miceli

    He was a mealy mouthed vicious little fuck in high school too. I didn’t know he’d end up like this, though. It’s the quiet ones you have to watch out for.

  • Michael McReavy

    What I find most annoying about this guy is his smugness, his preening self-satisfaction, and not just his beliefs but his unwillingness to entertain any doubts about them. Ugh!

  • SFBruce

    “We shouldn’t first be thinking of promoting our political agenda,” Scalise said.

    Then why the hell are you doing it?

  • Dean Cameron

    Congressman Scalise supports a full repeal of the unconstitutional job-killing Obamacare law. He is a co-sponsor of H.R. 2, repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act, which passed the House on January 19, 2011. Obamacare is not reform, and Congressman Scalise is working with his colleagues to replace this law with real reforms to health care in America.

    So much for taking care of the Wounded!

  • DaveMiller135

    We’ve just experienced a terrible gun-related tragedy: Don’t politicize it. This is not the right time to discuss gun control.

    It’s been forever (starts at 2 weeks) since we had a gun-related tragedy: Don’t stir things up. This is not the right time to discuss gun control.

  • andrew

    Unfortunately Scalise is no James Brady,

  • Jack

    To quote the late Justice Scalia: arglebargle.

    If you can’t handle prayer, help, and gun control at the same time, you don’t belong in Congress.

  • Rick Jackson

    So was the obvious head injury preexisting or was it the result of being shot?

  • boatboy_srq

    “[P]raying for the people who were injured”, huh? How about inhibiting terrorists from injuring (or killing, in far too many cases) those people in the first place?

    You will notice he doesn’t utter one peep about the dead, and the injured get Thoughts And Prayers® instead of actions and policies.

    United States of America: enter at your own risk.

  • Matt

    Once an ignorant conservative, always an ignorant conservative. There is not ‘saving’ these people – they don’t WANT to do the right thing. Conservatives are the most selfish people on the planet.

    • red-diaper-baby 1942

      “Ignorant conservative” is an oxymoron. Perhaps it didn’t use to be, but it seems to be one today. The few that aren’t ignorant — the ones who know better — can best be described as sociopaths..

      • David Teager

        I think you mean redundancy, not oxymoron.

        • red-diaper-baby 1942

          Yes of course, you’re quite right. I wasn’t thinking straight. I guess I was just too irritated.

  • Kelly Lape

    “We shouldn’t first be thinking of promoting our political agenda”

    – Steve Scalise

    promoting an anti-gun control agenda by trotting out the previous victim of a national shooting tragedy to tout NRA talking points…. The GOP has no shame. Steve Scalise has no sense of irony either.

  • red-diaper-baby 1942

    Sure, “praying”. That’s really taking action, isn’t it.
    Every time I see the clichéd phrase “thoughts and prayers” in response to a tragedy — especially one that could have been averted by sensible action — I feel enormous rage.
    These people who claim to talk to an invisible, intangible entity — perhaps even to hear it talking back — need to be hospitalized, not taken seriously.

  • JohnVHedtke

    Thoughts and prayers? Let’s let him have had nothing but thoughts and prayers after he got shot and see what his opinion would be now as a dead man.

    Piss on your “prayers,” Scalise. And you.

  • Dunkerblinker

    Why did anyone save this douche

  • jo gerardo

    If only Hodgkinson was a better shot.