NBC’s Chuck Todd interviewed GOP shooting victim Steve Scalise. Todd desperately tried to get Scalise to say something negative about guns. But Scalise refused. “Do you feel as if this issue of mass shootings is a problem that the federal government has to figure out how to solve?” asked Chuck Todd.
Scalise discussed how this is a mental health issue more than a gun issue and how the government can help.
“Why do you think we do lead the world in these things, in gun deaths. We lead the world in these mass gun incidents. We lead the world in death by guns. We lead the world in how many guns per person we have in this country,” asked Todd. Scalise responded by pointing out that Chicago has the toughest gun laws but the most shootings.
“Let me ask you this philosophically. Is there a limit? Is the right to bear arms unlimited or is there a limit?” asked Todd.
“Look, the Second Amendment really predates the Bill of Rights. Our Founding Fathers believed strongly in gun rights for citizens. Frankly, they thought it was an assumed right. They didn’t put it in the Constitution because they didn’t think it would ever be in jeopardy, but ultimately you saw attempts later on to take away gun rights, so they said it’s so important we’re going to make it one of the ten Bill of Rights, constitutional changes. And so it is a long history in our country to make sure that you protect the right of citizens to bear arms,” said Scalise. Chuck Todd must not have been happy.