Brock was born in Washington, D.C., and adopted by Dorothea and Raymond Brock. He has a younger sister, Regina. Brock’s family was Catholic and his father held strong conservative beliefs. Brock grew up in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey, where he went to Our Lady of the Assumption School, and later attended Paramus Catholic High School in Paramus, New Jersey. He then attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked as a reporter and editor for The Daily Californian, the campus newspaper, sometimes expressing conservative views.
By 2010, Brock had his personal assistant, a man named Haydn Price-Morris, carrying a holstered and concealed Glock machine pistol when he accompanied Brock to events, including events in Washington, D.C., a city with famously common sense and reasonable gun laws. Price-Morris told others he carried the gun to protect Brock from threats. Late in 2010, other Media Matters employees learned about Price-Morris’s gun, and he was fired due to their objections. No public announcement was made. According to one source with knowledge of what happened next, Brock was “terrified” that news of the gun would leak. “George Soros and a lot of groups connected to gun control are funding this group, and they wouldn’t be too happy that an employee of Media Matters was carrying a gun, especially when it was illegal in D.C.”
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