Scalise meets with Florida school shooting survivors

Scalise meets with Florida school shooting survivors
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House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseHouse Republicans grumble about the 'worst process ever' House expected to vote on omnibus Thursday afternoon House poised to vote on .3T spending bill MORE (R-La.), who was critically injured in a mass shooting last year, met Monday with students from Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a gunman killed 17 students and faculty members on Valentine’s Day.  

The meeting comes as President TrumpDonald John TrumpScarborough mocks 'Deflection Don' over transgender troop ban Pelosi condemns Trump's 'cowardly, disgusting' ban on transgender troops Trump moves to ban most transgender people from serving in military MORE and GOP leaders explore a range of gun restriction options following the shooting, including expanding background checks, raising the age limit to purchase all firearms to 21 and arming teachers in schools.

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanYou just can't keep good health policy down Trump blasts Congress for sending him omnibus bill that 'nobody read' Students bash Congress for inaction on gun control MORE (R-Wis.) also was expected to meet with the students, a GOP source said. The House will hold a moment of silence for the Parkland, Fla., shooting victims on Monday night.


“Whip Scalise met with a group of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and alumni today in his office to discuss how we move forward as a country following the tragic shooting on February 14th,” spokeswoman Lauren Fine said in a statement. “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.

“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,” Fine continued. “As they continue coping with the aftermath of the attack, he encouraged members of the Parkland community to never hesitate to reach out to him.”

Scalise was nearly killed last June in Alexandria, Va., when a gunman opened fire on GOP lawmakers practicing for the annual congressional charity baseball game. Scalise was shot, along with a GOP aide, a lobbyist and a Capitol Police officer who was part of Scalise’s security detail.

Due to his injuries, Scalise has had multiple surgeries during the past eight months and uses a scooter and crutches to get around the Capitol complex.

In an interview last October, the Louisiana Republican said the incident had “fortified” his views against gun control.

“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.