Just hours after witnessing the shooting of his colleague and four other people, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Alabama) was asked if he was still committed to the principles of the Second Amendment.
His answer is a testament to the strength of his convictions.
He was on the field when House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) and three others were wounded early Wednesday morning by leftist James T. Hodgkinson in Alexandria, Va., during a baseball practice for Republican congressmen.
During the melee afterwards, while Brooks was speaking to reporters, he was asked if the shooting his view on the “gun situation” in America, The Washington Examiner reports.
“Not with respect to the Second Amendment,” Brooks said. “The Second Amendment right to bear arms is to help ensure that we always have a republic. And as with any Constitutional provision in the Bill of Rights, there are adverse aspects to each of those rights that we enjoy as people, and what we just saw here is one of the bad side effects of someone not exercising those rights properly.”
He added, “We are not going to get rid of freedom of speech simply because some people say ugly things, or get rid of the Fourth Amendment’s search and seizure rights because some criminals could go free on technicalities.
“These rights are there to protect Americans, and while each of them has a negative aspect to them, they are fundamental to our being the greatest nation in world history. So no, I’m not changing my position on any of the rights we enjoy as Americans,” he said.
Rep. Mo Brooks was asked the inevitable gun control question. Here's what he said: pic.twitter.com/MKPw5HgXtL
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) June 14, 2017
Bravo to Rep. Brooks for sticking to his principles in the face of unspeakable tragedy. What a difficult thing to do in such a distressing time.