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Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., believes the key to addressing mass shootings isn’t more gun control, but addressing the root causes of violent behavior.
During an appearance on ‘Fox News Sunday,’ the congressman and Senate hopeful noted that when he was in school, it was common for him and others to keep guns in their cars because they were hunting, but school shootings like the one that happened last week in Uvalde, Texas didn’t happen.
“What we need to do is stop the motivation that drives these criminals, these horrible individuals to do what they are doing,” Brooks said.
“What’s the big difference between when I was growing up and now?” He asked. “The big difference is the decline in moral values, the decline in respect for human life. If we teach the right moral values, if we teach respect for human life, if we properly address mental health issues that can, somehow be associated with all these things, then that’s the way to solve the problem.”
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Earlier in the interview, Brooks must have wondered if he might support a new gun law. He said the purpose of the Second Amendment is “to help ensure that we, the citizens, always have the right to take over our government should it become dictatorial.”
“And as long as we have uninfringed Second Amendment rights,” he added, “then we don’t really have to worry about the government ever becoming dictatorial. But the moment we take from our citizens our ability to take over our government is when the ability of the dictatorial forces increases to the point where maybe they will try to set up a dictatorial government at the federal level.”
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With that in mind, Brooks noted that the Second Amendment states that the right to keep and bear arms “shall not be infringed.” He said if there were any proposed legislation that would secure people’s Second Amendment rights, “then I will consider them,” but otherwise they would be unconstitutional and “not the right way to go if you want to preserve our freedoms.” .
The Alabama congressman noted he held those beliefs despite being a primary target in a shooting — one that took place at a Virginia baseball diamond in June 2017. Shooter James Hodgkinson had a list of names in his pocket at the time, and Brooks was one of them.
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“So I was in the middle of one of those things,” Brooks said.
Brooks is currently facing a runoff in the Senate GOP primaries for Senate against Katie Britt, with an election scheduled for June 21. In Alabama’s first primary, Britt got 44.7 percent of the vote, to Brooks’ 29.2 percent, but third challenger Mike Durant, who won’t make the second round, had 23.3 percent.
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