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Scalise opens up on return to the Congressional Baseball Game
A year after he was shot, on the practice field, the house majority whip speaks about the attack and his recovery on ‘Fox & Friends.’
House majority whip Steve Scalise is reset to the field for the Republicans on Thursday, a year after he was shot, during practice for the annual congressional baseball game.
Scalise, R-La., suffered life-threatening injuries in June 2017 shooting and, after several operations, he returned to work, in the autumn. He said that the filming of “deepened my appreciation for the Second Amendment, because it was people with guns who saved my life, and every other member.”
He’s wearing a Capitol Police baseball cap to honor the officers who saved his life.
Scalise throw out the first pitch at Nationals Park before a game last year.
“I’m going to wear your hat tonight and only a tribute to the great men and women of the capital police, who risked their lives, just like all of our law enforcement authorities throughout the country, who do not get enough credit for what they do. But I have to see it first-Hand,” Scalise said in an interview on “Fox & Friends”.
The Congressman credited to David Bailey and the Crystal officers Griner, for the shooter.
“If Dave and Krystal not to risk literally their lives, while fired at, none of us would be here today. I would well not so, as all of my Republican colleagues, on the ball field,” he said.
Scalise has said he feels comfortable with the actions Congress has taken on gun safety, including measures to strengthen the Federal background-check system for gun purchases and improve school safety.
Gun control advocates, though, have for the intensification of the measures after mass shootings in Las Vegas, Florida and elsewhere.
“If Dave and Krystal not to risk literally their lives, while fired at, none of us would be here today.”
– Rep. Steve Scalise
Scalise, who is still with crutches or a cane, is starting at second base for the Republicans at Nationals Park. He told “Fox & Friends” that he is yet to field the balls and throw to first, despite the limited movement.
The Republican team held its first practice in Alexandria, Va., where the shots were fired. However, the team moved to a field in Washington with a higher level of security.
The game is played, on the anniversary of the shooting.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.