A newly elected Colorado Congresswoman plans to provide her own security by exercising her Second Amendment rights and carrying a firearm while on the job on Capitol Hill.
According to Just The News, Republican Congresswoman-elect Lauren Boebert pointed to Washington, D.C.’s violent crime rates in her decision to be armed while at work.
In spite of widespread shutdowns related to the coronavirus pandemic, D.C. homicides have risen roughly 20% over 2019 and the violent crime rate is 158% higher than the national average, Boebert told Just The News AM.
“I don’t go to work in an armored vehicle, I don’t have a police escort,” Boebert told host Carrie Sheffield. “I am my security … I need a way to protect myself. We are grateful for our law enforcement officers, but I can’t count on them to be there every second of the day.”
Boebert added that she has completed the required concealed carry courses for D.C. and is awaiting the arrival of her permit, which she hopes to receive before her swearing-in on January 3.
“It’s really funny how the same group of people who have been shouting ‘Defund the police!’ all year now want me to rely on police officers for my safety if I were to be in imminent danger —you can’t have it both ways,” Boebert added.
On New Year’s Day, the incoming representative hit back at a group of Democrats in Congress seeking to ban elected officials from carrying while on the grounds.
Earlier last month, 21 democrats signed a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy asking for a ban on lawmakers carrying firearms to be added to the House Rules.
“Democrats like Representative Huffman (D-California), put forward a letter with 21 signers, and I am proud to say we are countering that letter with 82 of colleagues who have joined me to stop this radical gun grab Democrats are trying,” said Boebert, according to CBS4 Denver.
“I want to carry my firearm to defend myself in one of the top 10 most dangerous cities in America, Washington D.C.” Boebert said. “A typical day in the life of a United States Representative does not include armored vehicles or personal Capitol Hill police escorts. I will be alone a lot walking to and from the capitol to my home, each and every day that I’m working here, and I will be my own security.”
As we’ve previously reported, Boebert made the move to run for office after confronting failed Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke after his infamous declaration of intent to disarm lawful gun-owners.
“I was one of the gun-owning Americans that heard your speech and heard what you had to say, regarding, ‘Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15s and your AK-47s.’ Well, I am here to say, hell no, you’re not,” Boebert told O’Rourke at a campaign event.
“I am a mother to 4 boys. My husband and I are raising them to be strong men!” Boebert said after winning the primary race back in June. “I refuse to send my children into a socialist nation. Their freedom IS my motivator! Threaten the liberty of Americans, and I’ll be there to hold you accountable!”
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