Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama began airing a campaign ad Monday for his Senate bid that draws on dramatic audio from the shooting attack that badly wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise to tout Brooks’ support for gun rights.A member of the House GOP baseball team, Brooks was on the field the morning a gunman opened fire on Republican lawmakers as they practiced in a Washington, D.C., suburb.
The television ad opens with the sound of rapid gunfire, followed by shouts of “Stay down!” that were captured on a bystander’s video. As sirens are heard wailing, a caption appears: “On June 14: A Bernie Sanders supporter opened fire on Republican Congressmen. Mo Brooks gives his belt as a tourniquet to help the wounded.”
The ad shows Brooks, while still at the baseball field, answering a reporter’s question whether the violence changed his mind about gun control. The caption on the ad called that a question from the “liberal media.”
“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 responds in the campaign ad.