Republican Representative Lauren Boebert of Colorado face-planted on Twitter Wednesday while attempting to own the libs.
Boebert tried to leverage a mass shooting in her home state—where 10 people were murdered—in order to complain about Democrats' defense of voting rights and support for gun control.
Her post read:
"Liberals keep saying it's easier to buy a gun than it is to vote, but I don't seem to remember when the government sent me an AR-15 in the mail."
Liberals keep saying it’s easier to buy a gun than it is to vote, but I don’t seem to remember when the government… https://t.co/2MqetxRHYK— Lauren Boebert (@Lauren Boebert)1616615599.0
Boebert received a tidal wave of backlash for it.
Much of it centered on the question of how the murderer who killed 10 people in a supermarket in the city of Boulder, Colorado acquired the assault weapon he used. The killer—who was on an FBI watchlist—was able to purchase a semi-automatic weapon because of the repeal of a Colorado gun control law just 10 days before the incident, after judges bowed to pressure from pro-gun politicians and organizations like the National Rifle Association.
That change in the law meant a man was able to walk into a gun shop and purchase an assault rifle and ammo like it was a gallon of milk despite being actively monitored by the FBI because they believed him to be a threat.
Many cited it was all thanks to gun laws being rendered utterly toothless by the work of Republican politicians like Boebert.
Contrast that with what one needs to do in order to vote: register with the government, sometimes weeks or months beforehand; have a state-issued ID in some states; drive an hour or more and wait in line for up to 11 hours at some polling places.
Prefer to vote by mail instead?
First, meet a list of requirements to do so in many states; then have a signature verified in order for your mail-in vote to count.
Again, many felt it was all thanks to voter suppression laws written and championed by Republican politicians like Boebert.
Twitter didn't take kindly to Boebert's post.
@laurenboebert This Onion tweet is hilarious! Thank goodness "Lauren Boebert" isn't a real person. Because nobody… https://t.co/pjAQNvXHFb— Ann Lewis Hamilton (@Ann Lewis Hamilton)1616622505.0
@laurenboebert I don't remember being able to walk into a polling place on election day without registering and vot… https://t.co/HFzCw3UCsf— Henry M. Rosenberg (@Henry M. Rosenberg)1616629497.0
@laurenboebert There are no restrictions on me walking into a Virginia gun show, and buying an AR-15 and ammo, same… https://t.co/onye3sMOHD— Formerly MTfromCC (@Formerly MTfromCC)1616616672.0
@laurenboebert Yes it is https://t.co/q3ATSf1JKD— Jodi Gallion (@Jodi Gallion)1616632515.0
@laurenboebert Every time I think "she can't be that dumb" you come out and say something like this. You can't vo… https://t.co/ITH74MBGvA— Ryan Shead (He/Him) (@Ryan Shead (He/Him))1616651618.0
@laurenboebert No, the only thing easier to buy than a gun is a @GOP politician.— Clark (@Clark)1616623248.0
@laurenboebert The world looks at these long lines to vote in the USA like something you get in a 3rd world country… https://t.co/SX6jyV2EoR— No unity without accountability (@No unity without accountability)1616617699.0
@laurenboebert And I don't remember anyone complaining they had to drive 3 hours and THEN stand in line for 12 hour… https://t.co/tgDbD3v79H— No unity without accountability (@No unity without accountability)1616617566.0
@laurenboebert You can actually buy gun parts in the mail and assemble them but hey, why let reality get in the way of lib owning?— Reese(Marquis de Lafayette) (@Reese(Marquis de Lafayette))1616626208.0
Boebert's tweet is something of a return to her gun-obsessed form after ditching her usual wall-of-assault-weapons Zoom backdrop to deliver her statement about the mass shooting last week.