Insurrectionist Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Co.) doubled down on her refusal to support common-sense gun reforms to prevent future mass shootings on Thursday by invoking the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
It was just a day after 19 kids and two teachers were massacred at a Texas elementary school in Uvalde that Boebert declared that there’s nothing legislatively we can do to stop gun violence. Of course, we all know that’s a lie. Countries around the world have strict gun laws that have resulted in drastic reductions in gun violence, including mass shootings. Just look at the United Kingdom and Australia as two prime examples.
The United States had an assault weapons ban in the 1990s that reduced mass shootings by 43 percent. The number of school shootings skyrocketed after Republicans refused to renew the ban in 2004. Ever since then, Republicans have insisted that “thoughts and prayers” is the only thing we can do after shootings.
And despite the general outcry for action across the country, Boebert once again stated her refusal to pass gun reform laws, this time by arguing that we didn’t ban planes in response to 9/11.
“When 9/11 happened we didn’t ban planes,” Boebert said on Fox News. “We secured the cockpit. I want our schools secured. I want our children protected, and I want teachers that can protect themselves and their students. And you know what? We can achieve this without trying to disarm law-abiding citizens.”
Here’s the video via Twitter:
Boebert: When 9/11 happened, we didn’t ban planes pic.twitter.com/nvWUBz8KNO
— Acyn (@Acyn) May 27, 2022
Boebert appears to be suggesting turning schools into impenetrable prisons considering the Uvalde shooter reportedly shot out the window of a locked door to get inside a classroom. She also seems to be suggesting that teachers carry guns in class. Both suggestions ignore that it is far too easy for anyone in the country to obtain an assault rifle. Republicans don’t even trust teachers to select books for their classroom and have accused them of being “groomers.” But they all of a sudden trust them to carry and use guns.
It should also be pointed out that 9/11 resulted in a complete transformation of the airline industry. Weapons such as knives and guns (as Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) found out earlier this month) are banned on planes, as are additional items. Americans can’t even go through security without removing their shoes for inspection. We didn’t ban planes, but we banned passengers from carrying weapons that could be used to hijack them.
Thoughts and prayers do not work to stop mass shootings, and nor do more guns or even “good guys” with a gun. The only tried and true method of preventing mass shootings is stricter gun control laws and more comprehensive background checks. A majority of Americans, including gun owners, support these measures. It’s long past time we implement them. Republicans will cry, but our kids won’t die.
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