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Audio of the McAllen Original/Mother Rotary Club's Oct. 24, 2012, political debate between U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, and Republican challenger Dale Brueggemann. For discussion of the Second Amendment, skip to 26:15.
Moderator: "Thank you congressman. Please share a little bit of your views on the Second Amendment rights."
U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa: "There are so many people in Washington who come and talk to us about the Constitution and the rights that they want kept sacred and (sic) that not do anything about them. That we not change them. That we not amend them. And I can tell you that — I'm drawing a blank on the Second Amendment, but I think it's the weapons, isn't it? The NRA?
"Well, I have been a hunter and a fisherman. I keep guns. I love hunting. But when I saw what happened in Columbine, in the school back in 1998, when 38 children were killed and many wounded, I decided that I was going to vote and make sure that weekend gun shows have to meet the same requirements you meet Monday through Friday.
"And that is to make an application and have somebody check you out to see if you aren't crazy and a looney and should not be given a gun. Unfortunately, the NRA put me on a black list. They said 'Do not touch any of these rules.' Why? Because you can go buy those guns and you can sell them at great profit. But I said 'I'm going to do the right thing.' And I will vote against anything that is going to give weapons just to everybody.
"And especially those machine guns. Why in the hell do we have to have machine guns? And don't touch that, because NRA will come and put you on the black list. Well, I didn't go up there to be Mr. Popular. I went up there to do the right thing. To help our community. To protect them.
"And that's why 80 percent of the NRA bills that they grade you on, I have voted against them. Because in most cases they're trying to do the things that I've just discussed."
Editor's note: The Columbine High School massacre happened in 1999, not 1998. The gunmen killed 12 students, a teacher and themselves, not 38 children.