Senate contender uses real audio from GOP baseball shooting in new ad (video)


Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) is using audio from the attack at the GOP baseball practice in a new ad, proclaiming his gun rights agenda. Brooks started airing the ad Monday, proclaiming his stance on gun rights, as he makes a bid for the U.S. senate.

Brooks was at the practice when House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, along with others, was injured on June 14. The gunman had reportedly targeted the Republican lawmakers, asking if it was their party practicing on the field before opening fire on them.

As Brooks’ ad begins, audio recording of gunfire from the shooting can be heard. Visually, there’s a black screen that shows the following captions in turn:

(more below ad)

“On June 14: A Bernie Sanders supporter opened fire on Republican Congressmen.”

“Mo Brooks gives his belt as a tourniquet to help the wounded.”

“What’s the liberal media immediately ask?”

The ad shifts to a recorded interview with Brooks, talking to reporters from the baseball field shortly after the incident. A reporter asks whether he’d changed his mind about gun control following the experience.

Brooks responds: “The Second Amendment right to bear arm is to help ensure we always have a republic. So no. I’m not changing my position on any of the rights that we enjoy as Americans.”

Brooks is running to fill the Senate seat recently vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, alongside a number of other Republican contenders. After the shooting, Brooks enjoyed increased media attention, participating in national interviews. A member of the House Freedom Caucus, the conservative GOP Congressman was on a list of six names carried by the gunman.

Regarding the ad, Brooks said he thought it would be good to highlight his response to the question of gun violence, especially as it was made shortly after the violent attack. He said Sen. Luther Strange, the appointee who replaced Sessions, and who is also running to fill the seat, had initiated the discussion over gun rights. The ad was intended as a response.

“It shows my commitment to the right to bear arms,” Brooks said.

Brooks’ new ad can be seen here, and the interview between him and reporters after the shooting can be viewed in the second video.

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