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Mo Brooks Once Said He Wouldn’t Use The Alexandria, VA Shooting for Political Purposes

“If you noticed my speeches at these public events, I never bring up that event,” Brooks said during a radio interview earlier this month.

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), who is vying to become the next Senator from Alabama, released an ad on Monday titled “Second Amendment.” The ad uses audio from last month’s Alexandria, VA shooting that left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) severely wounded.

But Brooks had previously said that he would not use the shooting for political gain. Despite the backlash that this ad has thus far received, Brooks is defending the ad.

“The second amendment right to bear arms is to help ensure that we always have a republic,” Brooks said in a statement defending the ad. “So, no, I’m not changing my position on any of the rights we enjoy as Americans.”

Brooks’ ad and subsequent defense of the ad fly in the face of statements he made during a radio interview earlier this month about not using the shooting for political gain.

Appearing on TALK 99.5 “Birmingham’s Real Talk,” Brooks was asked whether he had conflicting feelings about the shooting, given that it has helped Brooks on some level get his message out.

“If you noticed my speeches at these public events, I never bring up that event. If I’m asked about it, as you know, when I’m asked about most anything, I will respond to the question. But I don’t bring it up,” Brooks responded. “I focus on my spotless ethics record. I focus on my record of proven conservative leadership. I focus on the endorsement of conservative thought-leaders I’ve received.”

Brooks continued by touting his endorsements.

“So that’s what I try to focus on in my remarks. But there is a curiosity factor. I talk about it. But you’re right, I do have mixed emotions,” Brooks concluded. “I’ve discovered that when I digress and think about it, the emotions seems to get a little bit deeper with time as you realize how lucky you were, [how] fortunate you were to have survived that.”