Senator Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, texted Fox News to say that Mr Scalise had been shot in the hip and would survive.
He said someone had used a belt as a tourniquet on him.
So either the writer made a mistake, Mike doesn't know what a tourniquet actually does but wanted it to sound impressive, or they cut off all blood circulation to Scalise's entire lower body because they really
hate him. I'm going to go ahead and assume door number one.
Yeah. There was a lobbyist who was shot in the leg and they applied a tourniquet. No way to know if the statement from the Senator was incorrect, or a reporter conflated statements made about two different people into one. Not really that important either way though.
One of the bits that I noticed was MSNBC interviewing some guy from the Y across the street who was "absolutely certain" that the weapon used was an AK47. I immediately assumed this was complete BS, since it seems like every weapon used in a shooting is described as one of a couple popularly known automatic fire capable military weapons (despite no mass shooting or attempted mass shooting I can think of ever actually using either of them, but let's not let facts get in the way of scary rhetoric). I did expect that the weapon would at least look like an AK47, perhaps a semi-auto variant, but that wasn't the case either. The weapon used was an SKS 7.62, which looks pretty much nothing like an AK47. It looks a lot more like a normal hunting rifle in fact.
This has not prevented many media outlets from describing it as an AK47 variant and calling it an "assault weapon/rifle", presumably because as far as the media is concerned any rifle with semi-auto capability can be called that. What's really funny is that this rifle was not even included in the 1994 "assault weapons" ban. It's not a "military style" weapon. Has no fancy stock, pistol grips, large hanging magazines, or any of the other purely cosmetic features that got weapons put on that list. It seriously looks like your grandfather's hunting rifle (and could very well have been used that way, given it's a really really old and cheap design).
Never let a shooting go to waste though. We've got an anti-gun agenda to pursue!!!