Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) appeared on Fox News’ ‘Sunday Morning Futures’ with Maria Bartiromo.
They spoke about the GOP baseball practice shooting.
Brooks had been on the field and applied a tourniquet to one of the injured men.
Brooks was also one of the people named on the list that the shooter had of Congress members.
First Bartiromo asked about Steve Scalise’s condition. Brooks praised the medical staff and said he was very encouraged by the progress Scalise was making.
Batiromo noted that had Scalise not been there, the GOP team would not have had his Capitol Police security team, Agents David Bailey and Crystal Griner, to protect them and things may have turned out much worse.
Bartiromo also asked him about being on the ‘target list’ that police later found.
She asked if Congress members were considering ways of increasing security for their members.
From Daily Caller:
Brooks said on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that he will be introducing legislation this week that would allow congressmen to carry firearms for self-protection when they are not in the Capitol.
“As of right now when we’re in Washington, D.C., once we’re off the Capitol Hill grounds complex we’re still congressmen, senators, 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,” the Republican congressman explained.
Bartiromo asked if he was concerned about being on the target list.
“Well I’m very much concerned by that,” Brooks admitted. “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 may have been talking about the fact that the shooter belonged to a Facebook group called “Terminate the Republican Party.” Several members of the group celebrated the shooting, writing, “It’s one, two, three shots you’re out at the old ball game.”
Brooks said Congress members needed to be more wary.
It was very clear when the people who were on the field during the shooting were interviewed immediately thereafter how vulnerable and exposed they had felt.
As Rep. Roger Williams had noted, several people hid out in the first base dugout during the shooting. The shooter was working his way to get past home plate to get to them in the dugout when the Capitol Police risked their lives to take him out.
That’s why almost to a man they appear to have wished they were armed with more than bats.
But, as Brooks notes, it’s Washington, D.C., where the laws are incredibly restrictive.
Of course, everyone should have the right.
But definitely, these members who are in particular danger, should have that right.