‘These are ready for use’: Rep. Lauren Boebert defends her gun display Zoom background

'These are ready for use': Rep. Lauren Boebert defends her gun display Zoom background

WASHINGTON – Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., was criticized by her Democratic colleagues and Twitter users online for displaying as her Zoom background what one congressman called a gun "shrine." During a Natural Resources Committee organizing meeting, Boebert sat in front of a bookshelf with several high-capacity weaponsdisplayed, some strewn on top of books. Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., slammed Boebert’s display, saying “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 and at some point we will 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.” The committee was meeting virtually to discuss the issue of guns and weapons on Capitol grounds, including a rule for this session prohibiting carrying guns in the hearing room. The rules were approved by voice vote after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Boebert has garnered national attention for bragging about her desire to carry her firearms around Washington, D.C., and on Capitol Hill. “Why does anyone think that they can cherry pick the Second Amendment and say this this is the one enumerated right that we can take away from people?” Boebert said during Thursday’s committee meeting, also questioning how the new rule would be enforced. Huffman criticized Boebert for the display, noting the struggle to enforce the rule that […]

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