House Majority Whip Steve Scalise said Thursday there is “no magic law” Congress can pass to stop the next shooting from happening.
Scalise, who incurred a life-threatening gunshot wound when a gunman opened fire on a GOP baseball practice last summer, said the shooter at the high school in Parkland, Fla., had already broken multiple laws, and indicated one more law was unlikely to stop him.
“If you think there’s some magic, unicorn law that’s going to stop it from happening, just keep in mind that he violated probably dozens of laws already, including murdering people. That’s against the law,” Scalise, R-La., told Fox News host Laura Ingraham Thursday night.
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“So, you know, this idea that one magic law is going to stop the next one from happening, it’s not,” Scalise said.
Scalise spoke a day after a 19-year-older shooter took the lives of 17 people Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
His comments line up with those Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., made on the Senate floor Thursday, when he said a determined criminal will always be able to find a way to get a firearm.
“[I]f someone’s decided I’m going to commit this crime, they will find a way to get the gun to do it,” Rubio said. “That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a law to make it harder; it just means understand, to be honest, it isn’t going to stop this from happening.”