Lauren’s got her gun! Rookie congresswoman already on Bowser’s bad side over sidearm
Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert is a freshman lawmaker – if we can still say that in Nancy’s House – who for Republicans casts a ray of sunshine on a town made dreary by recent election results.
Four days into the new Congress, and she’s made her mark as a perky, pint-sized pistol-packing mama from the Rockies. Literally.
She unapologetically carries a Glock and is a mother of four. She also owns a restaurant called Shooters Grill, located in, of all places, Rifle, Colo. A Carl Hiaasen character if there ever was one.
So, Lauren’s got her gun and wanted to bring it to town – or more specifically, the U.S. Capitol. And Democrats wept. Make that bawled.
Twenty-one of them signed a letter begging Nancy Pelosi and Kevin McCarthy to save them from this self-proclaimed “5-foot tall, 100-pound” Dirty Harriet.
They wanted Pelosi-McCarthy to repeal a 54-year-old rule that permits lawmakers to carry guns on duty. The most amazing aspect of that rule is that in almost the same amount of time Joe Biden has taken up space in D.C., the only things that get shot off in our esteemed halls of Congress are a lot of big mouths. (Lookin’ at you, AOC)
Nonetheless, it did not go well for the Calamity Karens from Bluetopia.
Four times their number rallied around Boebert, defeating hysteria with common sense, as the gun ban was rejected.
The gun-backing legislators pointed out in their own letter the history of the congressional rule, and that what Boebert wants to do is unexceptional in flyover country. More than two dozen states allow guns on campus in their Capitol buildings. They also noted D.C.’s “violent crime rate is 158% higher than the national average. In 2020 alone, there have been more than 180 homicides, more than 1,500 assaults with a deadly weapon, and more than 1,800 robberies.”
Talk about the Wild East.
Boebert’s candor about her gun and her reasons for toting it – it’s her right and she wants to protect herself and her family – did not sit well with Washington’s mayor and police chief.
“It angers me actually, that any elected official would incite violence, put our city at risk, put these men and women in law enforcement at risk, our residents at risk, and our beautiful city at risk,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser, apparently with a straight face.
You’d think instead of Boebert that Bowser would worry more about the blood of those nearly 200 murder victims washing over the Black Lives Matter mural she painted on Pennsylvania Avenue.
For his part, Chief Robert Contee III came off as Marshal Dillon. (For those of you under 60, he was the main character in a show about the top cop in Dodge City of the Old West; it was the longest-running primetime show on TV until Bart Simpson and Olivia Benson came along.)
“There are no exceptions in the District of Columbia,” Contee said. “That congresswoman will be subjected to the same penalties as anyone else that’s caught on the D.C. streets carrying a firearm.”
Well, if that’s true, Boebert may not have anything to worry about.
Contee’s predecessor, Chief Peter Newsham, who recently left the D.C. force for another department, said last July that half the people arrested on murder charges over the past two years had previous arrests for gun crimes.
Darn revolving door on the jail, not getting stuck again. Chicago might be a better option for you Washingtonians.
Bowser and Contee actually were triggered by a social media video Boebert posted, in which she explained that the citizens of our nation’s capital don’t understand folks “real America.”
Boebert characterized the boonies as a magical place where the Second Amendment says what it means and means what is says, where owning a gun is “cherished” not chastised, and where those with weapons make their part of the world a little safer.
“I don’t go to work in a motorcade or armored car. I don’t get police escorts everywhere I go. I walk to my office every morning by myself,” Boebert said. “I choose to protect myself legally because I am my best security.”
“Educated, law-abiding gun owners are the safest people in America to be around,” she added. “So if you see me in D.C., say hi. You’re safe with me.”
Sounds good. Can we get an amen – and an a-woman.