After Today’s Shooting, Mo Brooks’ Perfect Response to Gun Control

By David French, 6-14-17, at National Review:

Note: The video is his verbal account of today’s shooting recorded this morning – his response to gun control is below.

Alabama’s Mo Brooks was on the scene of today’s terrible attempted massacre in Virginia. He was in immediate danger and rendered first aid to victims while the shooting was underway and helped Representative Steve Scalise after the shooting stopped. He gave a harrowing account of the attack to CNN:

That’s a remarkably clear and cogent statement from a man who was minutes before under fire. Representative Brooks wasn’t finished. A reporter asked him a question about “the gun situation in America,” and here was his response:

It’s hard to imagine a better response if he’d had days to think, reflect, and write an op-ed. The answer to an abuse of liberty isn’t to restrict liberty but rather to defend against that abuse. And that’s exactly what courageous Capitol Hill police did today. We’d like to think that we can enjoy freedom without consequence, that people will always exercise their liberties in a virtuous manner. When they inevitably don’t, we too often race to blame the liberty along with the person. That’s the wrong response. In a few terrifying minutes, Representative Brooks risked his life to help others and then — later — had the presence of mind to defend an essential liberty passionately and eloquently. It’s hard to imagine a better example of leadership under fire. Well done.


If I understood correctly, by his account one of the guys at practice was armed and took out the maniac before the police arrived. With so many headlines today of the Republicans thanking the police, I thought they took shot him, but apparently one of ours had already done it.  Again the good guys with guns take down a bad guy.

Brooks’ response on gun control is perfect.


UPDATE: Just came across this video from one of the guys at the ball park today. Listen to the shots ring out. (You’ll have to open the link and go to the Fox page – video isn’t compatible with Word Press.)


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5 replies

  1. Agreed, Kathy. Perfect response.

    I am not at all surprised by what’s happen given the increasingly violent undertones in the Left’s rhetoric since the election of Trump (such as “comedians” holding up a bloody faux Trump head, right Kathy Griffin?). It’s going to backfire on them.


    • The video I just added sends chills down my back to hear those shots being fired.

      It was bound to lead to something like this. Hateful speech (and actions) can only go on for so long until it reaches a crescendo and sends a nut job over the top. Those guys at the field had angels on their shoulders today, and are extremely lucky that he was such a terrible shot.

      Where does it go from here? Do the Dems in Congress tone down the rhetoric and urge the others to do the same? They damn well better.


      • “Where does it go from here?”

        Look for the Left to begin trying to create an impression of moral equivalence between Republicans and Democrats, as if we’re ALL equally guilty of inspiring violence. They will say things like “We ALL need to take things down a notch,” or “EVERYONE” needs to watch their rhetoric.” They’ll be some RINOs who do it too, but we know there’s no comparison between the things that are being said and done since the election of Donald Trump and anything said or done during Obama’s presidency.

        After that they’ll start blaming Trump.

        It didn’t take long! As I was typing this Chris Wallace (a big lib) was whining about ugly partisanship in Washington. Liberals like to socialize everything, including blame for their bad behavior.


      • From what I’ve seen so far, we’re both wrong. Instead of talking about toning down the rhetoric, they’re screaming for more gun control. It starts with VA Gov Terry McAuliffe and spreads from there. Probably should have seen that one coming.


      • Never let a crisis go to waste.


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