NEW ORLEANS – House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) says there are still serious questions for the FBI after a gunman killed 17 students at a Florida high school last week.

Scalise told CBS News This Morning Tuesday that the government missed big signs that would have stopped the suspected school shooter Nikolas Cruz from killing other students.

"We have some breakdowns at the local and federal law enforcement level, clearly a lot of us have serious questions about the FBI and why this wasn't stopped in the first place when they had this kid handed to them on a silver platter months ago," Scalise told CBS on Tuesday.

Scalise said that lawmakers must balance second-amendment protections and residents' desire to protect themselves when considering any new changes to gun control laws.

“They have it for self-defense which is the tenet of the Second Amendment,” Scalise said.

Scalise and four others were hurt in a separate ambush-style attack last June at a congressional baseball game practice. Scalise suffered grave injuries and underwent several surgeries following the shooting.

Monday, Scalise met with students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to talk about their “shared experiences.” Scalise described the meeting as very emotional.

“But this doesn’t go away, it’s something I know me and the other members of the congressional baseball team still talk about; what we went through. I’m sure they as students are going to talk about what they went through,” Scalise said.