Louisiana GOP Rep. Steve Scalise singled out law enforcement Monday for their failure to prevent the Broward school shooting and said there were various “breakdowns” at all levels of government.
“We’ve seen so many breakdowns in different levels of government. Federal, of course, with the FBI completely dropping the ball months ago when they had this kid handed to them on a silver platter,” Scalise said on “Fox & Friends.” “At the local level, we’re finding out more and more disturbing information about the local sheriff’s deputies — at least one, maybe more that were on site armed to protect those kids who stayed outside instead of going in and confronting the shooter.”
Scalise said it’s more important to find out why these breakdowns occurred in Florida, rather than pass gun control laws limiting the rights of the people.
“Let’s focus more on addressing these problems in mental health that we’ve started to deal with in Congress. Let’s close loopholes,” Scalise said. “Let’s figure out what went wrong with government before people start talking about taking away the rights of law-abiding citizens.”
He also urged prayer for the victims of the shooting and thinks the federal government should be cautious before attacking the Second Amendment to service a political agenda.
“I think the most important thing, clearly you pray for the victims. And you find out what went wrong. Why did so many breakdowns occur?” Scalise asked. “All these breakdowns in government show you why so many people, millions of people across the country, want to have the right to defend themselves. And so passing laws that take away rights of law-abiding gun owners, that is something that concerns a lot of us.”
“Let’s focus on making sure that people, that are law-abiding citizens are able to maintain their rights,” he concluded.
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