An Alabama congressman who survived the shooting that critically injured US Rep. Steve Scalise is using audio of the ambush in a new campaign commercial that promotes his support for gun rights.
The ad for Republican Rep. Mo Brooks starts with the sound of five rapid-fire gunshots, screams to “Stay down!” and wailing sirens as white words appears on a black background.
“June 14: A Bernie Sanders supporters fires on Republican Congressman. Mo Brooks gives his belt as a tourniquet to help the wounded. What’s the liberal media immediately ask?” the text says.
Video then shows a Brooks at the scene of last month’s ballfield attack, answering a reporter’s question about whether the incident had changed his “views on the gun situation in America.”
“The Second Amendment, the right to bear arms, is to help ensure that we always have a republic,” Brooks says.
“So, no. I’m not changing my position on any of the rights that we enjoy as Americans.”
The commercial began airing Monday on broadcast and cable TV, plus other digital platforms, according to The Hill.
Scalise, the House majority whip, was critically injured June 14 during a practice session in Alexandria, Virginia, ahead of the annual congressional baseball game.
Three others, including two members of Scalise’s security detail, were also wounded before the bodyguards killed lone gunman James Hodgkinson.
Brooks is one of three major GOP candidates facing off in an Aug. 15 primary for the US Senate seat formerly held by embattled US Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Sen. Luther Strange, who has the backing of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, was appointed to fill the post until a special election in December.
The other leading contender is former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who resigned following his suspension for opposing the 2015 US Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage.