A newly elected Republican Representative from Colorado has already made waves because she allegedly asked for permission to carry her firearm on federal property.
Now, in another move that will be sure to infuriate liberals, she has tweeted out, “Speak Loudly and Carry a Glock.”
I’ve always heard to “speak softly and carry a big stick.”
I prefer to speak loudly and carry a Glock.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) December 8, 2020
Representative Lauren Boebert, a well-known firearms advocate, sent the tweet on December 8:
“I’ve always heard to ‘speak softly and carry a big stick.’ I prefer to speak loudly and carry a Glock.”
Boebert was elected after upsetting five-term Republican Scott Tipton during the June primaries. It is widely believed that she won the election because of her strong support of the Second Amendment, and because she bashed Tipton for not supporting President Donald Trump enough.
Boebert initially made national news when it was reported by two unnamed congressional officials, a Republican and a Democrat, that she had sought out permission from the Capitol Police to carry her firearm while at an orientation for newly-elected lawmakers.
While Boebert’s team never acknowledged whether or not this was the case, Laura Carno, one of her aides, said:
“This was a private conversation and inquiry about what the rules are, and as a result, the Congresswoman-Elect won’t be going on the record.”
The Capitol Police also did not acknowledge whether or not the conversation that Boebert had with them had anything to do with her asking permission to carry her firearm on federal grounds. They have also refused to acknowledge in the past when other lawmakers have asked for permission and had it granted.
A regulation on Capitol Hill from 1967 allows lawmakers to have and maintain firearms in their office or while transporting them within the Capitol grounds. The regulation states:
“[No law] shall prohibit any Member of Congress from maintaining firearms within the confines of his office [or] from transporting within Capitol grounds firearms unloaded and securely wrapped.”
Of course, Democratic leaders are ‘up in arms’ over the idea that anyone is allowed to have a firearm on federal property, regardless of what the laws or regulations state. Democratic lawmaker Jared Huffman is one of those who do not believe that firearms should be allowed on the grounds. He said:
“Members could have a loaded AK-47 sitting on their desk and no one would do anything about it.”
After this was reported, Boebert sent out a tweet that seemed to acknowledge the request:
“The violent crime rate in Washington DC is 158% higher than the national average. Look at how they treated Rand Paul on the streets & now won’t even investigate who assaulted him. As a five-foot-tall woman, yes, I want to carry and it’s my right.”
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