During the October 8 airing of Meet the Press, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) said the push to pass gun control for bump stocks is a push purposefully undertaken by Democrats to create a “slippery slope.”
Scalise survived being shot during the June 14 attack in which a Bernie Sanders supporter opened fire on Congressional baseball players in Alexandria, Virginia.
During his Sunday appearance, host Chuck Todd peppered Scalise with numerous questions about gun rights and gun control, but never received the answer he wanted. Finally Todd said, “Let me ask you this philosophically, is there a limit? Is the right to bear arms unlimited or is there a limit?”
Scalise responded, “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.” He noted that the Founders then recognized that a threat to gun rights could arise from a centralized government, therefore the founders hedged gun rights with the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights.