Boebert’s “Gun Fetish” on Display In House Hearing Background
Guns are Lauren Boebert’s thing. The Colorado Republican representative has attracted a lot of attention for her second amendment advocacy ever since she declared her candidacy for her state’s third congressional district seat. By now we’ve all seen images of her and the servers at her Rifle, Colo., restaurant strutting about the eatery with handguns strapped to their hips.
Boebert, in one of her first visits to Washington, D.C., after winning her election, made a big show of saying she was going to move about D.C. while packing. Given the District’s strict gun control laws, of course, she legally can’t. She’s also been frustrated by the metal detectors installed post-Jan. 6 at the entrance to the House chamber.
Thursday morning she made her first appearance as a newly appointed member of the House Natural Resources Committee. During the virtual hearing, Boebert thought it was perfectly acceptable for her to present herself sitting in front of a background of firearms. Whenever she spoke up and her image appeared during the committee’s organizing meeting, three rifles, two of which appear to be semi-automatic, and a handgun were positioned behind her.
Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) objected, saying, “I wish we didn’t have to bring up a potentially divisive topic like this but here is the reality. If somebody wants to have a shrine to their gun fetish as a zoom backdrop in their private life they can do that, but this is our hearing room. At some point we’ll 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 relevant consideration unfortunately. I think it’s not only appropriate but necessary that we lay down these ground rules that whatever your fetishes or feelings are about guns, you’re not gonna bring them into our committee room.”
He later Tweeted about the issue, as did Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.).
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
— Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) February 18, 2021
Here’s Boebert’s response. Keep in mind she has four children, ages 8-15.
Who says this is storage? These are ready for use. https://t.co/y9fxckjcGl
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) February 18, 2021