Tensions in Congress have supposedly been high after a Republican lawmaker almost brought a gun into the House of Representatives. Over the past few weeks, there has been debate over whether lawmakers should be allowed to carry firearms in the U.S. Capitol building. Democratic members of Congress seem to be using the “let’s whine incessantly about guns and pretend we’re afraid of our colleagues” strategy.
The Hill reported:
The renewed anxiety just two weeks after the deadly Jan. 6 attack was sparked by Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) when he set off a newly installed metal detector off the House floor with a concealed gun, despite a longtime ban on firearms in the chamber.
The incident followed numerous reports of other Republicans, accustomed to bypassing metal detectors in the Capitol, chafing at the new security measures. Some Democrats are now openly expressing that they don’t feel safe around certain colleagues.
Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) told The Hill, “Look, the temperature is high right now politically.” He added, “It is insane to rely on an honor system that could allow something really tragic to happen. And I would say it’s just a matter of time before it does.”
Jared William Huffman Tensions running high after gun incident near House floor Scars of Capitol attack permeate high-security inauguration Trust between lawmakers reaches all-time low after Capitol riots MORE (D-Calif.) told The Hill. “It is insane to rely on an honor system that could allow something really tragic to happen. And I would say it’s just a matter of time before it does.”
Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) stated that she would never have believed that violence could break out during a debate on the floor when she first took office in 2015. But now, she feels differently because political expediency is the easiest way to change a politician’s mind.
“You can’t be afraid that the person that you’re having a little argument with on the floor with C-SPAN watching is going to pull a gun and, like, shoot you,” Rice said.
“If you had said that to me six years ago I’d say, ‘Whoever is afraid of that is crazy. That would never happen.’ Now? Sorry. All bets are off. It’s a totally different climate. Totally different climate. And we have to recognize that,” she added.
But the only reason why the metal detectors were installed was that some GOP lawmakers talked about carrying on Capitol Hill. “The metal detectors were installed last week after first-term GOP Reps. Lauren Boebert (Colo.) and Madison Cawthorn (N.C.) publicly discussed carrying their weapons around Capitol Hill,” The Hill noted.
Apparently, Democrats seem to believe that Congress is going back to the 1800s, when there were incidents in which lawmakers got into physical altercations.
Currently, there are no measures in place to punish members of Congress who go around Capitol Police as they enter the House floor. But the chamber is set to vote to impose fines on those who carry firearms on the floor.
Rep. Harris’ office explained that he was carrying a weapon because he and his family have received death threats recently. In a statement, they wrote:
Because his and his family’s lives have been threatened by someone who has been released awaiting trial, for security reasons, the Congressman never confirms whether he nor anyone else he’s with are carrying a firearm for self-defense. As a matter of public record, he has a Maryland Handgun Permit. And the Congressman always complies with the House metal detectors and wanding. The Congressman has never carried a firearm on the House floor.
Let’s cut through all the horse feces, shall we?
Democrats are using the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 to push the idea that Trump supporters are to be feared – including those serving in Congress. Even before this particular incident in which a GOP representative tried to enter the building with his firearm, Democrat lawmakers were making a show of being afraid of their conservative colleagues because of white supremacy and stuff.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed she chose to hunker down during the riots in an area that was less secure because the safer area was occupied by GOP Congress members who would probably murder her because they are all raging white supremacists. (See: Ocasio-Cortez Humiliates Herself After Weaponizing Capitol Riots Again)
“They’ve made public comments that are quite closely aligned with the beliefs of white supremacists and white supremacist sympathizer organizations, and these are all public record. And, you know, people of color are not safe around any individual who, frankly, sympathizes with a white supremacist cause,” AOC said during an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.
It’s easy to see that none of these folks are actually afraid of their colleagues. They don’t actually believe the tripe they are spewing to score cheap political points against their opposition. Their protestations are nothing more than pure political theater designed to delight their base and give their allies in the activist media something to use for their propaganda efforts. But is anyone really falling for it?
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