Scalise Is The 17th Member of Congress Shot While In Office Barbara Sprunt – June 16, 20174:21 AM ET


House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., discusses the release of the House Republican plan on health care reform at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research on June 22, 2016, in Washington, D.C.

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., remains hospitalized after multiple surgeries in the wake of Wednesday’s shooting in Alexandria, Va., during a morning baseball practice for Republican members of Congress.

Scalise joins a long list of members of Congress shot while in office:

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a gunshot to the head in 2011 during a mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz., sits with her husband two years later at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington to discuss legislation to curb gun violence.

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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords – Jan. 8, 2011

Giffords, D-Ariz., was shot and critically wounded while meeting with her constituents in a supermarket parking lot in Tucson, Ariz., by 22-year-old Pima Community College student Jared Loughner. Loughner killed six people and wounded 12.

Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, created the Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC, “to encourage elected officials to stand up for solutions to prevent gun violence and protect responsible gun ownership.”

In response to the shooting of Scalise and four others Wednesday, Giffords wrote a piece published in The Washington Post, and tweeted: “May we all come together with prayers for the survivors, love for their friends and family, and the courage to make this country its best.”

Rep. Leo Ryan – Nov. 18, 1978

Ryan, D-Calif., was shot and killed while boarding an airplane leaving Jonestown, Guyana, by members of The Peoples Temple, a religious cult. Four other people were killed and one, 28-year-old Ryan aide Jackie Speier, was shot five times and critically wounded. Speier has served as a Democratic member of the House of Representatives since 2013, and advocates for stricter gun laws.

Sen. John Stennis – Jan. 29, 1973

Stennis, D-Miss., was shot and critically wounded outside his home in Washington, D.C., during a botched robbery.

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