Republican Representative Lauren Boebert of Colorado was sharply criticized after she responded to a photo posted by her colleague Kentucky Republican Representative Thomas Massie, who angered many when he tweeted a family photo in which he and six family members each brandished a military-style weapon in front of a Christmas tree, with a picture of her four equally armed children.
"The Boeberts have your six," Boebert tweeted to Massie, using a military saying that means, "I've got your back" even though neither politician has military experience.
She added there would be "No spare ammo for you, though."
Boebert's reference to "spare ammo" referred to Massie's decision to accompany the picture of himself, his wife and their four children with a plea for Santa Claus to "please bring ammo."
Both tweets come just days after a mass shooting occurred at Oxford High School in Oxford Township, Michigan.
Last week, James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of school shooter Ethan Crumbley, were arrested following an intense manhunt and charged with four counts each of involuntary manslaughter.
The Crumbleys had purchased the handgun used in the shooting as a Christmas gift for their son on Black Friday and stored it improperly.
The shooting has once again sparked a national debate on gun control and the merits of the Second Amendment. The school district, Oxford Community Schools, has confirmed it will conduct an investigation of the incident.
The insensitivity of Boebert's tweet opened her up to significant criticism not unlike the kind leveled against Massie earlier this week.
Among all the criticism she received, Boebert decided to respond to her congressional colleague Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
However her attempt to shame AOC failed to garner her any support.
Boebert was criticized in September after a TikTok video emerged showing her 8-year-old son playing alone next to her rifle.
The since-deletedvideo showed Boebert's son playing with cigarette lighters while left alone in a bedroom. Mere feet away was one of the Congresswoman's rifles, propped up against a bedframe.
The images were reviewed by Salon, which noted that the bedroom appears to be the same one Boebert used during her February Zoom video call with the House Natural Resources Committee.
During that call, Boebert showed viewers that the room has a bookshelf displaying several high-capacity rifles.
Boebert has previously claimed to be a "responsible gun owner."
She and her husband own Shooters Grill, a restaurant in Rifle, Colorado, where staff members are encouraged to openly carry firearms.