Mo Brooks to Introduce Bill Allowing Sens and Reps to Carry Guns

From Fox Business News, 6-18-17:

“We have baseball bats, they have guns.”

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.”

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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.

~Kathy



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  1. Here’s the problem, as I see it. Brooks wants to give congresscritters the right to carry guns, but… what about all the other people in DC? Why don’t THEY get to have the same right?

    In fact, DC doesn’t allow reciprocity with ANY other jurisdiction, anywhere. So, even if you have a valid CCW issued in some other jurisdiction, it’s no good in DC, and you’ll be arrested for carrying your piece.

    All of which is to say that this is yet ANOTHER glaring example of Congress being unwilling to live by the same rules they foist on all the rest of us. I say “NO!”, screw that, Brooks! If you think you political hacks deserve to carry guns, then so does every other law-abiding Joe and Jane Sixpack out there.

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    • How about a compromise? Any rep who’s been supportive of the Second Amendment can carry a gun but any rep who hasn’t cannot.

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    • Yes, I thought about the people of DC too, but unless Congress uses their authority to override those gun laws, nothing will change. It’s pie in the sky stuff, but that’s what I’d like to see happen – override those restrictive laws and allow everyone the same right.

      If his bill does happen to pass, it would probably be addressed with special clearances like the security details, and leave out the citizens. Unfair? You bet it is, but I would still support it just because of the current political climate with so much hatred running rampant.

      Had Scalise not volunteered to play, well, number one, he wouldn’t have gotten shot, but number two, there would have been no guns there at all, and that maniac could have killed every person there. I don’t like that they have special rules only for them, but worse, I don’t want them to be sitting ducks.

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      • Sorry, I don’t agree at all. That’s the same rationalization they ALWAYS use to grant themselves special privileges. Screw them.

        DC is a dangerous town FULL of “sitting ducks”, and I don’t think some poor black guy living in Southeast and scraping by driving a garbage truck is any less important than some political hack working in Congress.

        This country is founded on the principle that we don’t have any “privileged classes”, but that’s exactly what this repugnant proposal creates.

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      • Of course the garbage man deserves the same rights as the Congressmen – we’ve always agreed on that – but he’s not living with a target on his back and his name isn’t on a hit list at the present time.

        The violence coming from the loony libs is ratcheted so high right now that one spark could start a civil war, so yeah, these guys in the spotlight need to be carrying a weapon. No, it’s not fair, and it never will be, but now is not the time to leave them out there defenseless in efforts to keep things equal – sometimes you just have to do what’s practical.

        No, it wasn’t intended, but these guys are already a privileged class – a look at just their work schedule alone confirms that, and it’s just one of the many benefits they’ve bestowed upon themselves.

        This is one of those times when you and I are going to have to agree to disagree, Brian, and leave it at that.

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      • “No, it’s not fair, and it never will be… sometimes you just have to do what’s practical.”

        Which seems to be the clarion call every time conservatives desert their principles, and why the left is constantly winning the war of attrition. In fact, it’s the subject of my next column, which will be published on my blog the day my newspaper publishes it there.

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      • You left out the part where I said ‘leave them out there defenseless’ and that is a key part of being practical.

        It’s easy to defend principles from behind a keyboard, but put yourself out on that field with a nutjob shooting at you – now, do you hold on to your principles and remain an unarmed victim, or do you want a gun to defend yourself? Right now, are you thinking about how unfair it is to the garbageman? No, you’re not.

        You can say I’ve deserted my principles ’til the cows come home, but bottom line, if I’m on that field, I want a place to hide and a gun to defend myself and so would you.

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      • I understand that, Kathy. That’s natural, and human.

        But in the case of politicians, it’s even MORE important that they use this opportunity as a point around which to rally for assuring those rights for everyone, not just themselves as exceptions to the rule.

        This is the exact mirror image of what Dem/socialists do, and the gun issue is a perfect example. Every time someone’s killed with a gun, they scream for UNIVERSAL gun control. They know it won’t affect them personally because they have armed guards, and their own CCWs (like Feinstein, for example). And what’s the GOP doing in this case? The exact opposite (mirror image): asking for a law that will ONLY affect them personally, with no effect on, or benefit to, the populace as a whole.

        It again just SCREAMS “I’m special! And I want special rules!”

        This is the exact same thing both sides have done with health care. Each has proposed a plan — Obamacare and now the GOP’s AHCA — from which they exempt themselves. BOTH SIDES exempted themselves from being affected by a law that they foist on all the rest of us.

        “… if I’m on that field, I want a place to hide and a gun to defend myself and so would you.” And so would that garbage man, except there’s no one standing up for him because the GOP is too gutless to do what’s right. All they’re concerned about is protecting their own cowardly hides.

        Well, as far as I’m concerned, they can go suck eggs. Contrary to their belief, they’re NOT special, and they DON’T deserve any special rights or privileges. If there’s a problem with the gun laws in DC — and there is — then they need to fix it for EVERYONE who lives there, not just their own pathetic selves.

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