Several legislators were safely armed while barricaded during the massive protests in the Capitol. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) noted that after ridiculing anti-gun legislators opposing the lawmakers' right to bear firearms for self-defense.
"The next member who argues Congressmen shouldn't be allowed to carry firearms at work needs to be laughed out of the Capitol," Rep. Massie tweeted. "Several of us were glad to be armed while barricaded for hours in our offices with our staff."
The Kentucky lawmaker was among the Republicans fighting to save the 1967 statute allowing Congress members to carry firearms in the Capitol buildings. The GOP representative recognizes the Second Amendment rights as a God-given right. Last year, he introduced a bill to lower the age of buying a weapon from 21 to 18.
Rep. Massie and Colorado Congresswoman Lauren Boebert formed the Second Amendment caucus to fight for the legislators' Second Amendment rights.
"The Second Amendment is more important now than ever before, but the far Left wants to take it away. @RepThomasMassie and I are fighting back," Rep. Boebert posted on Twitter. "We just launched the Second Amendment Caucus, which we will be Co-Chairing, to fight for your Constitutional rights. #2A."
Boebert wrote a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and GOP leader Kevin McCarthy urging them to preserve the 53-year-old statute. The letter was signed by 82 legislators who supported the measure.
Meanwhile, Rep. Boebert released a video ad promising to carry a firearm in Washington, D.C. and the Capitol. However, D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee threatened her with penalties similar to those awaiting anybody else carrying an illegal firearm.
The Colorado representative mocked the police chief, saying that his first order of business after being appointed just recently was to come after a 34-year-old woman concerned about her security.
"Maybe I should make a video announcing that I plan to drive a car in Washington, D.C., and then the chief of police will say he is going to inform me of Washington D.C.'s traffic laws," said Boebert.
The congresswoman had indicated that police escort was not available throughout and that she was her security.
"I don't go to work in an armored vehicle, I don't have personal police escorts--I am my own security here and my most basic right is the right to defend myself," Boebert said.
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