Pelosi criticizes GOP for pushing pro-gun bills
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi followed up her praise of Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s return to Capitol Hill with a stern rebuke of Republicans efforts to loosen gun regulations.
Scalise received a warm welcome Thursday during his surprise return to work after being severely wounded in a shooting at a congressional baseball practice in June. However, it wasn’t too long before Pelosi seized the opportunity to criticize a pair of pro-gun bills that Republicans plan to bring to a vote in the near future, Politico reported.
Pelosi specifically expressed her opposition to the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act, which would primarily loosen restrictions on suppressors. When asked by reporters about the legislation, the top Democrat referenced Scalise’s shooting in her response.
“Hunters need armor piercing bullets? They need silencers? They need conceal and carry to hunt?” she told reporters. “Silencers — even in the case of Steve Scalise — if you can hear, you can run to where the tragedy is emanating from. It’s horrible.”