"Not with respect to the Second Amendment,” Brooks responded. “The Second Amendment, the right to bear arms is to help ensure that we always have a republic. And as with any constitutional provision in the Bill of Rights, there are adverse aspects to each of those rights that we enjoy as people, and what we just saw here is one of the bad side effects of someone not exercising those rights properly.
"We are not going to get rid of freedom of speech because some people say ugly things and hurt some people’s feelings, and we’re not going to get rid of the Fourth Amendment's search and seizure rights because some criminals could go free who should be behind bars,” Brooks said at the scene of the shooting in Alexandria, Va.
"These rights are there to protect Americans, and while each of them has a negative aspect to them, they are fundamental to our being the greatest nation in world history. So no, I'm not changing my position on any of the rights we enjoy as Americans.”
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the House majority whip, is recovering from surgery after being shot in the hip, and four others were taken to hospitals after a gunman opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing ahead of a charity congressional baseball game on Thursday.