Watch: Rep. Steve Scalise Honors the Heroes Who Saved His Life Three Years Ago this Week

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As Americans across the country and members in the halls of Congress debate the role of our nation’s police officers, one American doesn’t have a doubt in his mind.

Three years ago this week, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) survived the bullets from a would-be assassin’s gun, while he and his fellow Republican lawmakers were practicing for that year’s Congressional Baseball Game.

And in the midst of the tumult – mere days after the shooting – RedState’s Jennifer Van Laar put the near-tragedy in perspective with a story of unity springing from catastrophe: the Republican and Democratic leaders making the decision to go ahead with the game and – in other, more personal ways – put aside political differences for the good of the nation. She urged readers to take their cue, at a time when Americans were “more isolated and fragmented than ever.”

I encourage you to read her story (linked above), and pray for the better angels of our nature to guide us in this present hour of division and fear.

Rep. Scalise shared the video below to mark the anniversary and remind us why selfless men and women don the blue and put on the badge — they choose to risk their lives every day to keep us safe.

The caption on his tweet reads:

Three years ago today brave law enforcement officers saved my life when my colleagues and I were attacked on the baseball field. Important to remember: Every day police officers risk their lives to serve and protect communities across America. We can’t turn our backs on them.

Watch and reflect on what Rep. Scalise and all Americans know to be true: Police are heroes who run towards danger, not away from it. We can’t turn our backs on them now.

h/t: Kyle Becker