Rep. Mo Brooks on Sunday said he will introduce legislation in the coming week to allow congressmen and senators to carry guns, in the wake of the shooting of fellow Congressman Steve Scalise.
“Right now when we’re in Washington, D.C., once we’re off the complex … we’re still high-profile targets, but we have absolutely no way to defend ourselves because of Washington, D.C.’s rather restrictive gun laws,” Brooks, R-Ala., told Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures.”
Brooks was at the baseball practice in Alexandria, Va. on Wednesday where the shooting occurred. The Republican congressmen were practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game when a lone gunman opened fire, hitting Rep. Scalise, R-La., in the hip and wounding three others. Scalise was taken in for surgery and remains hospitalized. The shooter, identified as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Illinois, was shot and killed by law enforcement.
A list of names was found on Hodgkinson at the scene, which included Brooks and other Republican congressmen. In a time of divisiveness in the nation’s capital, the Louisiana congressman said the list is concerning to not just him, but his family and friends.
“You’ve got a situation where, yes, this one shooter has been killed, but he’s a member of an organization that applauded what transpired on Wednesday,” Brooks said. “And so those of us who are on this assassination list … it behooves us to be a little bit more wary than we otherwise might be.”
The hate and violence that’s been escalating over the past months was a contributing factor in pushing Hodgkinson into criminal action. It would have been a massacre had not armed police been on site when he started firing. As Brooks pointed out he was a member of a group that approves of his crime, so there’s more like-minded hate-driven people out there, not to mention the lone nutjobs whose massacres we’ve witnessed over the past several years.
Being on someone’s hit list is reason enough for members of Congress to carry weapons, and then there’s the little matter of the Second Amendment. It gives everyone the right to carry a gun and defend themselves, but it’s been so trampled on and over-regulated that not many people can make use of it. That applies to the residents of Washington DC, where the gun control laws are some of the toughest in the nation. Residents who want a permit to carry a concealed firearm must show that they have “good reason to fear injury” or a “proper reason” such as transporting valuables, etc.
But Congress has jurisdiction over DC laws. Congress maintains the power to overturn local laws and exercises greater oversight of the city than exists for any state. Furthermore, the District’s elected government exists at the pleasure of Congress and could theoretically be revoked at any time.
Perhaps this incident, followed up by this passed legislation, will be the tipping point that overturns some of those restrictive laws that deny people their right to concealed carry.