When it comes to gun control, no one is more hypocritical than liberal celebrities and politicians. While these people promote the end of gun rights for ordinary Americans, it's often the case that they are protected in public and in their homes, by cadres of highly trained and armed bodyguards. They reap the benefits of the Second Amendment, while treating the rest of us like children who can't be trusted with a gun.
However, it's not just prominent liberals who are hypocritical when it comes to gun rights.
Republican Congressman Mo Brooks, who survived the recent shooting in Virginia that left Congressman Steve Scalise severely injured, has been promoting a new bill that will allow lawmakers to carry a gun anywhere in the country, including Washington D.C., regardless of local laws. The only exceptions, are when lawmakers are in the US Capital building, or in the presence of the President or Vice President.
"I'm going to be introducing legislation this week … to allow congressmen to carry a sidearm, should they so desire," Rep. Mo Brooks said in an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures."
Members of Congress are "high-profile targets," the congressman said, adding that they have "absolutely no way to defend ourselves because of Washington, D.C.'s rather restrictive gun laws," the Alabama congressman said.
"I want congressmen to be treated as if they were law enforcement," Brooks said, "given that we are high-profile targets for the bad guys, the lone wolves, the terrorists."
That makes sense. Politicians are high-profile individuals who routinely face death threats from members of the public. They should absolutely have the right to arm themselves in public.
But what about everyone else? What would it say about our country if this bill passes? That lawmakers should have a special right to carry a gun wherever they want? That they are above the local and state laws that keep millions of Americans from protecting themselves in public? Politicians are supposed to have the same rights as us. They're not special in that regard, but some of Brooks' recent statements might suggest that he thinks otherwise.