Rootin’ tootin’ Lauren Boebert loves guns. That might be the understatement of the year, given that she proudly posts family photos of all her sons brandishing firearms. She’s also the owner of Shooters Grill (and her employees have had plenty of dish to say about her management style), and she began her freshman (and possibly only) term by vowing to carry her Glock while strutting through the halls of Congress.
Boebert also famously railed against Nancy Pelosi for installing gun detectors at the U.S. Capitol following the insurrection, and she was triggered when SNL did a parody sketch about her gun obsession. She, of course, has responded to the Texas school shooting by sparring with AOC in a means to defend the Second Amendment at all costs to life and limb, and let’s just say that Boebert dragged out her most nonsensical argument yet while speaking to Sean Hannity about the evils of laws on gun restrictions.
“When 9/11 happened, we didn’t ban planes,” Boebert declared on Fox News. Also during the segment, she (counterintuitively) argued that more guns would have protected the 19 Ulvade schoolchildren who were killed by an 18-year-old gunman who had no problem buying two assault rifles: “This is my equalizer. I need a way to protect myself and my children.”
Boebert: When 9/11 happened, we didn’t ban planes pic.twitter.com/nvWUBz8KNO
— Acyn (@Acyn) May 27, 2022
Boebert’s position is that teachers should be armed and schools should essentially become a military fortress, so that civilians can waltz around with AR-15s for freedom. Let’s just say that people had a ball while pointing out that 9/11 changed the entire structure of the airline industry. It also spawned a new government agency and an entirely new way of experiencing airport security. It’s created an entirely new set of restrictions that continue even today, and that was to prevent another tragedy that took about the same number of lives that guns do each month in the U.S. Yep, might be the “dumbest” thing that Boebert has ever said in public, according to Twitter.
They literally still make us take off our shoes at the airport.
— Jeff Waldorf AKA *Acid Dragon* #DragonSquad (@jeffspolitics) May 27, 2022
I can't take an 8-ounce tube of Colgate on the plane.
— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) May 27, 2022
When 9/11 happened and nearly 3,000 people died, and LESS THAN TWO MONTHS LATER we created an entire government agency in response, a agency that requires us to show government-issued ID, get screened with full body scanners, etc.
That many people die from guns every 25 days. https://t.co/l1re4pejJg
— ➖Dustin Miller➖💙💛 (@spdustin) May 27, 2022
Yeah I can’t think of anything that changed with air travel or at airports after 9/11. 🙄
— Mueller, She Wrote (@MuellerSheWrote) May 27, 2022
That is dumbest thing I have heard so far. If we keep having planes fly into building we would at least regulate the planes. We wouldn’t keep letting it happen. We did change things after 9/11, if you were educated you would know this.
— Keeblr Elf Destroyer (@KeeblrD) May 27, 2022
They just banned pocket knives, liquids, and shoes on planes.
— David Ball (Dave Ball back-up account) (@DavidBall77) May 27, 2022
After 9/11 happened, we did indeed ban the weapons used by the hijackers. Box cutters and blades of all types were immediately banned from all flights. Great analogy, Boebert. Ban all military style weapons from civilians.
— Peter Lorber Пу́тин хуйло́ (@PMLorber) May 27, 2022
Yeah, absolutely NOTHING changed about air travel after 9-11.
— Miss Norma Jeane 🗽🩸 & 🦷 (@rosanthony3) May 27, 2022
Yeah, nothing changed at all, no TSA, no Patriot Act, no airport security, no, nothing at all
— Dr. Ohm 🇺🇲🌊🇺🇦 (@HereToRebuild) May 27, 2022
The Lincoln Project co-founder George Conway brings it home.