Congressman Mo Brooks, (R-Ala) will introduce legislation at some point this week to allow Congressional members to carry firearms. After James Hodgkinson, the shooter of Rep. Steve Scalise, was found to have a “hit list” of Republicans in his possession, Brooks feels it’s time to take personal security seriously.
“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.” Rep Mo Brooks
And he is correct. In spite of the fact that the heroic Capitol Hill Police officers who were wounded in the shooting were able to kill the suspect, the chances of a gunman slipping past established police and security is enormous. Police can’t be everywhere at every minute, and personal security is expensive.
The two Capitol Police officers who were at the baseball field last week were only there because Rep Steve Scalise is the Majority Whip. None of the other Congressmen are given personal security details. That fact has GOP members and their families concerned. Rep Scalise remains hospitalized, his condition upgraded to serious after several surgeries and a battle to stay alive.
“If this had happened in Georgia, he wouldn’t have gotten too far. I had a staff member who was in his car maybe 20 yards behind the shooter, who was pinned in his car, who back in Georgia carries a 9-millimeter in his car. He had a clear shot at him. But here, we’re not allowed to carry any weapons here.” Rep Barry Loudermilk to the Washington Post
The hit list included Rep Mo Brooks, Rep Jeff Duncan, and Rep Trent Franks (R-AZ). Duncan left the practice early and encountered the shooter James Hodgkinson on his way out. The man asked Duncan who was on the field, Dem or GOP…we all know that answer now.
Franks says the constant calls for gun control in the wake of incidents like the Congressional baseball shooting should be just the opposite, and Congressional members should be allowed to carry firearms. The vile actions of the left are a sign that it’s past time to do something.
“The militant left here has been outrageous. It’s not conservatives that are going out there burning cars and turning them upside down in universities just because someone is speaking. It’s not the conservatives that are saying “pigs in a blanket” and advocating for the killing of police officers. It’s not the conservatives that are shooting people in the baseball field. This militant left is out of control and I think that the so-called moderates should stand up and eschew this and really call them out in a flagrant way.” Trent Franks to Breitbart
The shooter purchased his guns legally in Chicago, in the State of Illinois- a rigid gun control state that requires background checks. Those checks did nothing whatsoever to stop the carnage. The only logical answer is personal protection with firearms. Given the radical nature of today’s left wing, it’s time Congress members were allowed to carry firearms for personal protection.
“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. 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.” Rep Mo Brooks
On the other hand, there are those who are saying this should make DC remove their anti-gun laws or find another way to accomplish this goal:
“It’s illegal to carry firearms in D.C. and Congress shall make no law excluding themselves from something that is illegal for ordinary citizens. Maybe they should instead look at a federal firearms carrying permit across all states. Or, here’s a better idea, remove the laws that prevent law-abiding people from owning or carrying firearms in some of the worst crime-ridden cities in the country.” Rick Ferran
- GOP Rep. Scalise, others, shot while practicing for charity baseball game
- ‘Assassination list’ of House conservatives found on body of Scalise shooter