Lauren Boebert uses 9/11 for gun control after Texas school shooting

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Lauren Boebert uses 9/11 for gun control after Texas school shooting

Glock-toting Colorado GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert gave a bizarre reason Thursday to reject calls for increased gun regulation in the wake of Tuesday’s elementary school massacre in Uvalde, Texas — pointing out that the US didn’t “ban planes” after the 9/11 terror attacks.

“When 9/11 happened, we didn’t ban planes — we secured the cockpits,” Boebert told Fox News host Sean Hannity Thursday.

Boebert did not acknowledge the sweeping changes to the national security apparatus that accompanied the securing of those cockpits — including the creation of an entire federal agency charged with vetting people before they can legally board a commercial plane.

a police officer (right) and others walk in streets covered in debris following the collapse of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York.
GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert made a tasteless, senseless comparison to the September 11 attacks following the Texas schools shooting.
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Rep. Lauren Boebert did not acknowledge the sweeping changes to the national security apparatus during the statement.
Rep. Boebert argued, “when 9/11 happened, we didn’t ban planes.”
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A hijacked commercial aircraft approaches the twin towers of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
A hijacked commercial aircraft approaches the twin towers of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
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The congresswoman also called Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke a “jerk” for interrupting a press conference by Gov. Greg Abbott and other officials Wednesday to demand action on gun control.

“Beto acted like a total jerk and tried to use the deaths of these children as a prop to advance his political candidacy,” she said.

Boebert has made a name for herself as a proponent of gun rights.

Soccer teammates of Tess Mata, who died in the shooting, cry, supported by their mothers, as they visit a makeshift memorial in Uvalde, Tx.
Soccer teammates of Tess Mata, who died in the shooting, cry as they visit a makeshift memorial for their fallen classmates in Uvalde, Texas.
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Rep. Lauren Boebert slammed Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke calling him a "jerk."
Rep. Lauren Boebert boldly called Texas Democratic Beto O’Rourke a “jerk.”
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The Republican — who before wining her office founded a firearm-themed restaurant in Rifle, Colorado — has vowed to show up to work armed and tussled with Capitol Police early last year after setting off a metal detector set up in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

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