In the wake of the violent insurrection at the Capitol, House Republicans still refuse to take safety and security seriously, with two of them already being fined for refusing to go through metal detectors.
Right-wing domestic terrorists stormed the Capitol last month seeking to assassinate members of Congress and former Vice President Mike Pence in a scheme to overthrow democracy and install disgraced former White House occupant Donald Trump as dictator. Several Republicans aided and cheered on the insurrectionists, and have apparently carried guns on the House floor, which is a violation of the rules, not to mention a threat to the lives of Democrats.
So, a new rule was adopted to install metal detectors outside the House floor that each member would have to pass through or else they would be fined $5,000 or more for each offense. Many Republicans, including gun nut Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Co.) have whined about the security measures, but they are absolutely necessary considering these same Republicans would love nothing more to see their Democratic colleagues murdered.
At least two House Republicans, Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.), have been fined for skipping the metal detectors so far, according to multiple reporters.
Reps Louie Gohmert of Texas and Andrew Clyde of Georgia have both received notices of $5000 fine for skipping past the magnetometers outside the House chamber, Senior democratic aide confirms.
— Kristin Wilson (@kristin__wilson) February 5, 2021
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) have each been fined $5,000 for bypassing metal detectors as they entered the House floor, a senior Democratic aide confirms to NBC News.
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) February 5, 2021
Americans have to walk through metal detectors every day to go to school, enter public buildings, and fly on airplanes, yet House Republicans are stubbornly refusing to do the same. It’s hypocrisy, and it makes them a continued threat to Democrats since several Republicans want to carry guns or have already carried guns on the House floor. Frankly, fines are not enough. Any House Republican who refuses to go through the metal detector or be searched for firearms should be denied entry and ultimately expelled if they repeatedly refuse to comply.
And they only have themselves to blame for making Congress an unsafe place to work in the first place.
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