GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert Slammed For Assault Weapons In Zoom Backdrop
When newly elected Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colorado) attended her first House Natural Resources committee hearing via Zoom on Feb. 18, her backdrop included what Democratic colleagues criticized as a “gun shrine.”
Who says this is storage? These are ready for use. https://t.co/y9fxckjcGl
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) February 18, 2021
The hearing had discussed committee rules for the next two years, which included a ban on carrying firearms into congressional committee hearings.
Boebert objected to this rule, claiming that House Democrats were infringing on her Second Amendment rights.
“If this is passed, the chairman is trying to take responsibility for my personal safety while stripping away my Second Amendment rights,” Boebert said.
Rep. Jared Huffman (D-California) slammed Boebert’s display. “If somebody wants to have a shrine to their gun fetish as a Zoom backdrop in their private life, they can do that,” he said. “But this is our hearing room and at some point we will get past the COVID epidemic. and we’ll all start showing up in person and our safety and our ability to conduct business civilly, without feeling threatened, is a recent consideration, unfortunately.”
Republicans are trying to dismantle committee rules to prohibit firearms and dangerous weapons in the hearing room. The fact that we have a member of the committee fetishizing weapons with her zoom background makes a clear case for why these rules are necessary. @NRDems pic.twitter.com/cWn26AFpSo
— Rep. Jared Huffman (@RepHuffman) February 18, 2021
After Huffman’s blast, Boebert clapped back immediately, saying, “It doesn’t matter how you feel or how you classify it, this is an enumerated right that American citizens have to keep and bear arms.”
Pro-gun Rep. @laurenboebert gave a POWERFUL speech defending the right to keep and bear arms when it was challenged by a committee chair. Gun owners are lucky to have Lauren in Congress! pic.twitter.com/UGHxm1UEhy
— Gun Owners of America (@GunOwners) February 18, 2021
Rep. Don Beyer (D-Virginia) also joined in on slamming Boebert.
Who were you planning to shoot in a zoom hearing https://t.co/WGQzIcLZw6
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) February 18, 2021