Republican Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana complained to Fox News about the lack of positive stories about gun violence reported by the media.
Scalise, who returned to Congress last week after being wounded in a shooting in June, also complained about Democrats calling for gun safety laws after the worst gun massacre in U.S. history:
When there is a tragedy like this, the first thing we should be thinking about is praying for the people who were injured and do whatever we can to help them, to help law enforcement. We shouldn’t first be thinking of promoting our political agenda.
I think we see too much of that where people say, “OK, now you have to have gun controls.” Frankly, what I experienced was when there was a shooter, we had — luckily we had Capitol police there with their own guns.
Gun control laws have nothing to do with keeping guns away from police officers.
Scalise repeated a long debunked claim about Americans stopping crime “every single day”:
Every single day in America, regular citizens that just have a passionate belief in the Second Amendment that have their own guns use guns every single day to protect themselves against criminals. Those stories never get told or hardly ever get told. That’s a different side of the story that I think is important.
Mother Jones noted in 2013 how the notion of good guys with guns stopping crime was a myth.