Several Congressmen and women persist in bringing firearms into Congress despite the law and Speaker Pelosi’s efforts to date.
Despite a far-right attempted coup on 6 January which saw several deaths, many injuries, vandalism and theft, Congresswoman Lauren Boebart and her GOP peers Congressmen Andy Harris, Andy Biggs and Rick Allen continue to refuse metal detector screening, metal detector wand searches and bag searches.
This refusal is all the more dangerous and contemptible in the face of those who were killed and injured.
Boebart is linked to extremists and discredited conspiracy-pedlars Q-Anon; as she shares their ideals, she must not be allowed into Congress with a weapon.
There is a new $5,000 fine for each time the search is refused, but this apparently has not yet been enforced.
We will write to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, supporting her measures and demanding they are applied to everyone entering the Capitol.
Please contact Speaker Pelosi through one of the channels below and give them the following message, personalized to your liking:
Dear Madam Speaker
I am delighted that you arranged for metal detectors and screenings for all who enter the House and Senate. The scenes of 6 January must never be repeated. I also applaud your introduction of $5,000 fines to those who will not comply: however, no one should be admitted who will not comply.
In a more innocent age, those who were elected to Congress may have had widely-differening values – but virtually all of them had values that precluded any violent insurrection attempts involving murder, assault and theft.
Sadly, there are a tiny minority of Congresspeople today who have chosen to align themselves with far-right, white-supremacist, conspiracy-theory adhering zealots. This is why no one should be given the option of entering Congress without passing through screening to ensure they are not carrying guns. Some of these people who debase Congress with their contempt for law and embrace of violence have proven they cannot be trusted not to use a weapon.
By all means fine these people – but going forward, as a member of gun law reform group One Pulse for America, I demand for everyone’s safety that no one entering Congress is armed. If we expect our school children to submit to gun searches, then our lawmakers must do so too starting right now.
-and/or- send this tweet:
@SpeakerPelosi Please ensure no one is admitted to House or Senate if they have a weapon on them or refuse to be searched/go through metal detectors. Those refusing these measures have links to the violent far-right which sought insurrection on 6 January: we cannot trust them.
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