Mo Brooks: Moral decline and single parenthood factors in mass shootings

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Appearing on “Fox News Sunday”, US Representative Mo Brooks attributed the mass shootings to a decline in moral values, pointing to single-parent families as a major factor in the phenomenon.

In a lengthy segment with host Sandra Smith, Brooks positioned himself as a strong advocate for absolute gun rights, suggested that current mental health laws are adequate to identify people who may pose a threat to public safety and argued that in the race for an open Senate seat, he is the candidate with an established track record of beating the Democrats.

Brooks recently came second to Katie Britt in the Republican primary for the seat vacated by Richard Shelby. While Smith gave Brooks time to make his case on this run, most of the show focused on the aftermath of the recent school shooting in Texas.

When Smith asked if Brooks would support any changes to the gun laws currently in place, he strongly implied the answer was no.

Brooks said the Second Amendment “is designed to ensure that we as citizens always have the right to take over our government should it become dictatorial,” he said. “It was a big fear of the founding fathers and frankly it is a fear today.”

Pointing to the “shall not be violated” wording of this amendment, Brooks said that “if there are any proposals that guarantee the rights of the American people to freely exercise their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, then I will consider them. .”

“What we need to do is stop the motivation that drives these criminals, these horrible individuals, to do what they do,” he said, blaming a decline in moral values. He looked at the issue of children raised by single parents. When asked if he unfairly blamed single parents for the mass shootings, Smith replied that he didn’t blame single parents, he blamed moral decline.

“It’s almost impossible for a single parent to do the kind of work that two parents can do collectively. It’s just a numbers game,” Brooks told Smith. Single parents who raise well-adjusted children are “super parents,” he said.

“Unfortunately, the data is very clear,” he said. “These single-parent households, for whatever reason, end up having children who are more likely to be on welfare; who are less likely to get the kind of grades you expect to get in school; who are more likely to be involved in drugs; and who, unfortunately, are more likely to be involved in criminal acts. It’s just the data. Doesn’t mean all single parents do that, okay? It’s not the data. We are talking about probabilities and trends.

Brooks has previously said the Texas massacre “misrepresents liberal policies that encourage out-of-wedlock childbirth, divorce, single-parent families, and amoral values ​​that undermine respect for life.”

Asked if he would support “red flag” laws to identify potentially dangerous people who should not be allowed to own guns, Brooks said the current laws are adequate.

“I’m not talking about red flag laws,” he said. “I’m talking about a person who is a danger to others, for whom we already have laws that are already on the books.”

It was about the 2020 election and the possibility of Brooks being subpoenaed by the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 uprising that Brooks became most passionate about. When Smith said repeated attempts to prove voter fraud had failed to prove any, Brooks vehemently asserted that fraud had been a factor.

“What exactly did the president ask you to do after the 2020 election?” Smith asked, referring to former President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw his support for Brooks in the Senate race.

“The president and I had many conversations between September 1 and his decision not to endorse me, which revolved around his reinstatement, revolved around his wanting to void the election,” Brooks said. “I can understand him wanting to do that, okay?” It was stolen, in my opinion, in 2020, in his opinion, it was stolen. So I can understand this desire.

“The law doesn’t allow us to do that,” Brooks said. Trump and the party could only seek to regain ground lost in the 2022 and 2024 elections, he said.

As for the likelihood of him being called before the committee, Brooks was suspicious.

“I don’t know whether the committee issued a subpoena or not,” he said. “I haven’t received any kind of documentation.” He said. In the same breath, he called the panel a “witch hunt committee” and said “some of their submissions have merit.”

Brooks said that if he appeared before the committee, he wanted the proceedings to be public.

The congressman trailed Britt by a double-digit margin in the Republican primary, but said he was the best candidate to thwart a repeat of 2017 when ‘ruby red Alabama’ elected Democrat Doug Jones to occupy the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions.

“I’m going to beat the Democrats,” Brooks said. “I used to beat Democrats like a drum. I see no reason why the general election in November will be any different. They’re socialists, they’re dictatorial, they’re amoral, they’re absolutely the opposite of what we believe in in the state of Alabama.