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California Democratic Rep. Jared Huffman accused Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert, a Republican, of having a “gun fetish” Thursday, prompting her to remind Democrats on the House Natural Resources committee that they had taken an oath to uphold the Constitution.
“If somebody wants to have a shrine to their gun fetish as a Zoom backdrop in their private life they can do that,” Huffman said during the meeting. “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.”
His “shrine” reference knocked the four-gun display seen behind Boebert in the course of a discussion on firearms in the Capitol complex during the virtually held meeting. In a tweet later in the day, he again accused Boebert of “fetisihizing weapons.”
California Rep. Jared Huffman described Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert’s Zoom backdrop as “a shrine to [her] gun fetish” Thursday. (House Natural Resources Committee)
The display appeared on a bookcase in Boebert’s private home in Rifle, Colo., according to a spokesman for her office.
“We all took an oath to uphold and secure the Constitution, every single one of us,” Boebert, an outspoken Second Amendment supporter, said when it was her turn to speak. “Our first act as members of Congress was to take our oath of office, and please allow me to remind you a portion of that oath, the chair and every other member here solemnly swore that we would support and defend the Constitution of the United States…The Second Amendment is very much a part of the Constitution of the United States.”
FILE – In this Sept. 4, 2020, file photo, Lauren Boebert, then-Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives seat in Colorado’s vast 3rd Congressional District, carries a gun during a freedom cruise staged by her supporters in Pueblo West, Colo. The district’s newest representative, Boebert, is unabashed and social media-savvy. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
As members mulled a firearms ban during committee hearings, she asked Chairman Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., whether a handful of other constitutional amendments would be infringed upon.
“How about the Nineteenth Amendment? Can women vote in this committee?” asked Boebert. “Why does anyone think that they can cherry-pick the Second Amendment and say this is the one enumerated right that we can take away from people?”
Before she was elected to Congress, Boebert owned a gun-themed restaurant called Shooters Grill.
“Why stop with the Second Amendment?” she continued. “Let’s go ahead and quarter soldiers in this committee room. There’s plenty of soldiers in the parking garage at ‘Fort Pelosi’ in Washington, D.C.”