After surviving Alexandria shooting, Rep Mo Brooks is asked about gun control

Rep. Mo Brooks speaks to reporters following the shooting in Alexandria. (Photo, ABC7)

Hours after surviving an attack by a gunman at a baseball field in Alexandria, Rep. Mo. Brooks of Alabama was asked by ABC7's Sam Sweeney if the shooting had changed his views on the gun situation in America.

“Not with respect to the Second Amendment," Brooks answered. "The Second Amendment, a right to bear arms is to help ensure we always have a republic."

Brooks was part of the Republican team practicing for the charity Congressional Baseball Game when a man with a rifle, identified as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, opened fire and injured Rep. Steve Scalise, two Capitol police officers and two others.

"It's the feeling of helplessness when you've got a baseball bat, and the guy's got a rifle," Brooks said.

He went on to say that there are negative side effects of many of the rights Americans hold dear.

"But we’re not going to get rid of Freedom of Speech because some people say some really ugly things that hurt other people’s feelings," Brooks said. "We’re not going to get rid of the Fourth Amendment Search and Seizure rights because it allows some criminals to go free who should be behind bars."

"This kind of threat is common to all Americans, the idea of these kind of shootings happening," another reporter asked Brooks. "Is there anything you can do as a congressman to help alleviate that threat?"

Brooks did not give an answer but said this before ending his interview with multiple media members:

“If y’all would please forgive me…I’m emotionally distraught from what I’ve just seen and these policy type questions ought to be for a later day when we have more information about what has transpired."

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