Republican Representative Lauren Boebert has a new line to explain why she so fervently objects to gun control laws: They're anti-woman.
In a tweet posted just hours before the third mass shooting in as many weeks, Boebert claimed that gun control is misogynist because a gun is the only way a woman can be safe in a "dangerous liberal city."
The post drew immediate outrage.
The Left’s gun control agenda will affect America’s women more than anyone else. I’m a five foot tall, 100 pound w… https://t.co/3xy2458gMl— Lauren Boebert (@Lauren Boebert)1617199660.0
Boebert's tweet mad several bizarre claims about guns and violence before reaching her "anti-woman" charge. It read:
"The Left's gun control agenda will affect America's women more than anyone else."
"I'm a five foot tall, 100 pound woman. The only way I'm safe to walk around any dangerous liberal city is with an equalizer."
"Gun control is anti-woman."
As is typical in her public statements, Boebert placed the blame for supposedly misogynist gun control laws squarely at the feet of Democrats and the American Left.
But polling research shows that support for stricter gun laws in the United States is not confined to the left. The most recent polling, released last year, shows that 35% of Republicans want stricter gun laws--a far cry from the Democratic and nationwide figures of 90% and 65% respectively, but a significant number of right-wing people nonetheless.
And as for crime in "dangerous liberal cities," despite the continued rhetoric of politicians like Boebert, particularly former President Donald Trump before her, it has been consistently and often precipitously declining for nearly 30 years. According to FBI data, violent crime declined by 49% between 1993 and 2019.
As for misogyny and crimes against women, Boebert voted against the Violence Against Women Act which addresses women's issues like domestic violence, incidents of which are 5x more likely to be lethal if an abuser has access to a gun. Fifty-three women die in this manner every month America, according to Everytown for Gun Safety.
On Twitter, Boebert was swiftly dragged for her ridiculous claims about gun control.
@laurenboebert Ten people were just murdered in your state by a guy with a gun.— Bill Shapiro (@Bill Shapiro)1617200784.0
@laurenboebert Thanks for the good laugh, Lauren! Memo to EVERY woman in America: Lauren and 171 other Republican… https://t.co/RpUkEd0XSg— Frank Amari (@Frank Amari)1617199793.0
@laurenboebert In Boebert's little brain, a waitress needs a gun to safely deliver cheeseburgers. And of course, t… https://t.co/QsJyE7fL45— Rob (@Rob)1617201360.0
@laurenboebert A) More women are murdered by their lovers than by any other group of people, and it's usually a fir… https://t.co/2NVjDOGwuZ— Jacob Killian (@Jacob Killian)1617199956.0
@laurenboebert The reason why you can't walk around in cities are guns, not the other way around. As a woman, I co… https://t.co/cIva3Dqfgf— Walpurga Müller-Schm (@Walpurga Müller-Schm)1617200033.0
@laurenboebert I’m 105 poud,5.8 foot tall and I don’t need a gun to feel safe. https://t.co/dHeEtY7hbO— KTYGraphics 🇺🇸✍🏻 (@KTYGraphics 🇺🇸✍🏻)1617199784.0
"Gun control is anti-woman". Anyone who can say this is profoubdly disturbed. Boebert could try delivering this mes… https://t.co/Ha0cjb1rBc— Democritus (@Democritus)1617207573.0
Lauren Boebert Says 'Gun Control Is Anti-Woman' https://t.co/Wt9N2AQVSL My wife just stood next to me reading this… https://t.co/cu6e0ayXE2— Retired Navy Veteran (@Retired Navy Veteran)1617289924.0
@Independent Boebert is anti-brain.— Becky Allard (@Becky Allard)1617285911.0
She says feminists are snowflakes. 🥱🥱🥱 https://t.co/RX8COpyWmk— Leah (@Leah)1617292078.0
Just 12 hours after Boebert's tweet, another mass shooting occurred in Orange, California in which four people died, including one child.