Once news of the shooting at a GOP baseball practice spread, gun control proponents began relating the incident to a need for tighter restrictions. Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks was directly asked whether the events that occurred at the baseball practice changed his “views on the gun situation in America,” and was able to offer a well-thought out answer.
Brooks, who was at the practice when the gunman opened fire, began his response by affirming the event did not change his views on the Second Amendment: “Not with respect to the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment right to bear arms is to 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.”
He went on to discuss how a single person misusing a right isn’t cause to disregard the right entirely: “And what we just saw here is one of the bad side effects of someone not exercising those rights properly. But we’re not going to get rid of freedom of speech because some people say some really ugly things that hurt other people’s feelings. We’re not going to get rid of Fourth Amendment search and seizure rights because it allows some criminals to go free who should be behind bars.
“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.”
As a closing his answer, Brooks said, “So no, I’m not changing my position on any of the rights we enjoy as Americans. With respect to this particular shooter, I’d really like to know more about him – whether he was an ex-felon, by way of example, who should not have had possession of a firearm – I’d like to know other things about his background before I pass judgment.”
The shooter from the baseball practice has since been identified as James T. Hodgkinson of Illinois. As reported by Fox News, Hodgkinson had a history of arrests including on charges of battery, resisting arrest, and drunk driving. He died of the injuries he sustained when shot by police.
Rep. Steve Scalise, who was shot during the incident, is currently expected to make a full recovery.
h/t Red State