- Rep. Moe Brooks has spoken out against more gun restrictions after the Texas school shooting.
- He said the Second Amendment would ensure that the people would take back power from a dictatorial government.
- The congressman said the idea of the government becoming a dictatorship “remains frightening today.”
Rep. Mo Brooks said this weekend that he would not support new gun control restrictions, arguing that people would need their guns if they ever had to take back power from a “dictatorial” government.
“The Second Amendment is intended to ensure that we, the citizens, always have the right to take back our government if it becomes a dictatorship,” he said during an appearance on Fox News Sunday.
Moderator Sandra Smith had asked Brooks if he was open about changes to current gun laws after last Tuesday’s mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Ovaldi, Texas.
“As long as we have our Second Amendment rights as they are, we really don’t have to worry about the government becoming a dictatorship,” Brooks said.
“But the moment we take away the ability of our citizens to restore our government is the moment when the capacity of the dictatorial forces increases to the point where they may try to establish a dictatorial government at the federal level,” he added.
And claimed the congressman – who is running for a seat in the Senate in the state of Alabama – that the idea of the government becoming a dictatorship “still feared today.” Brooks added that he would only consider gun proposals that guarantee Americans a Second Amendment right to carry and bear firearms.
“If you’re talking about taking away people’s right to bear arms under the Second Amendment, that’s unconstitutional first and foremost, so you have to address that with a constitutional amendment,” he said. “We’ll see how Congress and states respond to such measures.”
Brooks also remembers a 2017 incident in Alexandria where he was caught in the crossfire of a baseball field. Citing his experience, he said there was more that needed to be done “to stop the drive that drives these criminals, these horrific individuals, to do what they do.”
People have conservative legislators like Texas. Greg Abbott called on Senator Ted Cruz to take action to stop gun violence. However, the idea of tighter gun control was also rejected by many right-wing figures such as Brooks and Cruz, Representative Dan Crenshaw and Representative Marjorie Taylor Green.
However, some lawmakers such as Republican Senator Lindsey Graham have left the door open to debate about gun control. Last week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also indicated he was willing to work with Democratic lawmakers on a bipartisan gun safety bill, but he did not support any specific proposals.
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