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Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) was at the Virginia baseball field last week when James Hodgkinson began shooting at Republicans. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) was seriously wounded and lay on the field helpless until Hodgkinson had been stopped and paramedics arrived. Brooks said he felt helpless without any way to protect himself or his colleagues. This is why he is introducing a bill that will give lawmakers the right to carry a firearm for self-protection.

Political assassinations have existed for many centuries, even long before the murder of Roman Emperor Julius Caesar. There is also a long history of trying to kill members of a ruling body, again going back to the murder of some of the ancient Roman senators and Greek statesmen.

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Our own American history has been shaped by political assassination and assassination attempts. Did you know that there were several attempts to kill Abraham Lincoln before John Wilkes Booth fatally shot the Republican president who freed the slaves?

In 1901, President William McKinley was assassinated by Leon Czolgosz, a self-professed anarchist, who reminds me of James Hodgkinson, the man who tried to kill Republican members of Congress last week at a baseball field in Virginia. No one seems to be willing to define him as an anarchist, but in essence, that’s what his socialist views were and it explains his actions…

With the growing threats of Republican target lists and calls to hunt Republicans by demented Democrats, yes, lawmakers should be allowed to carry a firearm for self-protection. Instead of being the target for every deranged liberal whacko, let Republican lawmakers have a chance to shoot back and drop would-be assassins before they have a chance to carry out their carnage.

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