by Brooke Bosca | Top Right News
After witnessing the shooting of one of his House colleagues, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL.) was asked by an ABC reporter if the incident had “changed” his views on “the right to bear arms.”
But Brooks instead defended gun rights, and gave the reporter a Constitutional lesson that should be taught in U.S. classrooms.
Brooks was present when House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R., La.) and four others were wounded Wednesday by a gunman in Alexandria, Va., during a baseball practice for Republican congressmen.
A reporter at a press conference asked Brooks if the shooting changed his view on the “gun situation” in America.
“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
An epic response that showed both respect for the 2nd Amendment — and all civil rights — as well as gratitude for the sacrifices made by law enforcement. These are both sentiments our young students would do well to hear in class — especially as all far too many of them hear are how guns are evil, and cops are thugs.
Way to go, Mo!
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