Q & A
Following his overview of how decisions by the federal government affect local communities, Brooks answered the students’ questions.
One student asked the congressman what he thought of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s proposal to restrict the sale and ownership of semiautomatic guns like the ones used a month ago in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
“I’ve heard press about it but I haven’t seen a bill,” Brooks said.
The proposal would ban the sale of semi-automatic weapons, strengthen the existing assault-weapons ban and tighten regulations for grandfathered weapons. The student had done his homework and knew the details of the proposal.
“I’d vote against it,” Brooks said, citing the Second Amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing citizens the right to bear arms.
The congressman said the Second Amendment was passed to “allow citizens to rise up if the central government no longer guaranteed its liberties and rights,” which are granted under the Constitution.
“All of the positives in the Bill of Rights have a negative,” Brooks said, mentioning the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition. That freedom requires citizens to also be tolerant of speech, religion or activities that may be offensive to them.
Another student asked Brooks if he believed President Barrack Obama would create more options for dealing with the budget deficit.
The congressman went afield in answering this question.
He said President Obama “does did not care about the deficit in the way I do,” noting that he, the congressman, sees the deficit as the “greatest national security threat.”
Brooks also said President Obama is more of a “socialist” whereas he believes in “individual responsibility and free enterprise.”