A Republican lawmaker is scheming to sue to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) so he and his insurrectionist colleagues can carry guns on the House floor against the rules.
Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.), a gun store owner who voted to overturn the 2020 Election and has defended the insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol on January 6th, has been fined $15,000 so far for refusing to walk through metal detectors that were installed outside the entrance to the House floor after it was revealed that several Republicans were carrying guns that day that they could have used assassinate their Democratic colleagues.
After all, Republicans have made no secret that they want Democrats dead. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Co.) live-tweeted Pelosi’s location during the attempted coup and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (has openly called for Pelosi to be killed, which is just one reason why Democrats want to expel her from Congress.
But a few Republicans, including Clyde, object to the metal detectors and are purposely refusing to go through them as part of a scheme to sue Pelosi so they can carry guns on the House floor.
“I did that so we would have legal standing to take the case to federal court, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do,” Clyde told Fox News. “And I’m all teed up to do that. People have to stand for the Constitution. And if I have to get fined in order to give me a legal standing to do that then I’ll be fined.”
“I’m good with the taking a hit for the team,” Clyde continued. “But we’re going to win on this and we’re going to have House Resolution 73 declared unconstitutional because it is unconstitutional. I love to carry everywhere I possibly can that it is legal. We should be able to carry on the House floor, and the Democrats should have no fear of that whatsoever.”
The problem is that Clyde will likely lose his case unless he finds a conservative judge who doesn’t really care what the Constitution says other than the Second Amendment.
Article I Section 5 makes it clear that the House makes the rules of its proceedings and can punish members for breaking them.
Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behaviour, and, with the Concurrence of two thirds, expel a Member.
Clyde is breaking a House rule and he’s being punished for it, so he’s whining like a petulant toddler.
If being forced to go through metal detectors is unconstitutional, that’s certainly news to Americans who go through them every day at airports and courthouses, not to mention students and teachers who have to go through them at schools in order to prevent gun violence and acts of terrorism.
Republicans who want to carry guns on the House floor are a threat to the safety of Democrats. They want to use their guns to intimidate and have more than demonstrated their thirst to have Democrats murdered so they can retake power. This is why the metal detectors are necessary.
Congress is supposed to be a safe place to debate. Allowing guns, especially when some debates can get heated, is a colossally bad idea. Republicans who flout these rules should face more than a fine, they should be removed from committee assignments, expelled, or even jailed. Then they can whine some more.
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