Rep. Chris Collins, a Republican from New York, vowed Wednesday to start carrying a firearm “from this day forward” following the shooting at a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.
The early morning attack left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), who was shot in the hip, in critical condition. He has had three surgeries and will require additional operations, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where Scalise is being treated, announced Wednesday evening.
“You look at the vulnerability. I can assure you, from this day forward — I have a carry permit — I will be carrying when I’m out and about,” Collins told WKBW, an ABC radio affiliate in Buffalo, New York. “On a rare occasion, I’d have my gun in the glove box or something, but it’s going to be in my pocket from this day forward.”
Collins was not at the Wednesday morning practice, where the shooting left Scalise as well as two Capitol Police officers, one lobbyist, and one congressional staffer injured.
The New York lawmaker doubled down on his pledge during an interview Thursday with Fox Business host Stuart Varney.
“I’ve had a carry permit for over 30 years, and depending on the situation, if I thought …Read the Rest
Source:: The Blaze