In one respect, this story represents the exact hypocrisy our elected leaders engage in on a daily basis: A two-tiered ‘justice’ and ‘legal’ system that favors them over the rest of us.
In another, it is precisely illustrative of the constitutional system of government we all ought to be working to preserve.
Reports on Tuesday noted that Congresswoman-elect Lauren Boebe (R-Colo.), 33, has requested permission to carry a concealed firearm in the nation’s capital – including on Capitol grounds – something ‘ordinary Americans’ would never be allowed to do.
And here’s the really aggravating part (for constitutionalists everywhere): If she gets permission to do so, she won’t be the only one carrying concealed on Capitol Hill.
After she is sworn in in January, Rep.-elect Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) could join an unknown number of lawmakers who also carry firearms in the Capitol, which is permitted under congressional regulations.
Boebert aide Laura Carno told the AP in an email last week that “this was a private discussion and inquiry about what the rules are, and as a result the Congresswoman-Elect won’t be going on the record.”
The agency’s officials did not answer directly when Democrats on the House Committee on Administration asked in 2018 how many lawmakers carry firearms in the Capitol. The officials said in a written response that they’ve “been made aware” of inquiries about carrying weapons.
“There is no standing requirement” that lawmakers notify them when they carry a firearm in the Capitol, the officials wrote. Regulations require safe storage of weapons, but “that responsibility resides with the Member,” they said.
A 1967 regulation says no federal or District of Columbia laws restricting firearms “shall prohibit any Member of Congress from maintaining firearms within the confines of his office” or “from transporting within Capitol grounds firearms unloaded and securely wrapped.”
Lawmakers may not bring weapons into the House chamber and other nearby areas, the regulations say, according to a letter Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., wrote in 2018. Aides can carry lawmakers’ weapons for them on the Capitol complex, he wrote.
Now granted, we must certainly support the Second Amendment. And there is a lot of agreement with those who insist that any gun law is unconstitutional because it could be construed as ‘infringing’ on the right “to keep and bear arms” which is strictly prohibited by the Second Amendment.
Having said that, fellow incoming Rep.-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) has it right.
“Not only do I support members of Congress carrying a firearm, I believe every American has that right,” she said in a statement to the AP. “I will work every day to end ALL gun-free zones.”
That’s what we wanted to hear.