David Cicilline, Rhode Island Congressman, has something to complain about with his Republican colleagues’ accessory choices.
As gun violence survivors were at the Capitol to mark Gun Violence Survivors Week and help me reintroduce the #AssaultWeaponsBan, this is what my colleagues were doing.
What is wrong with you? https://t.co/DW86zuXIiU
— Congressman David N. Cicilline (@RepCicilline) February 1, 2023
On the House floor, Florida Rep. Anna Paulina Luna and New York Rep. George Santos were seen wearing lapel pins in a shape similar to the Armalite Rifle 15. Cicilline and other Democrat Reps. shared these images on Twitter, inciting their gun-grabbing base and expressing outrage. They are all collectively wee-weeing, gnashing their teeth, and acting like Pavlov’s dog. Left-wing zines such as Alternet, The New Civil Rights Movement, and Raw Story have posted breathless stories.
Three House Republicans wore pins in the form of an assault weapons on their clothes this week. U.S. Rep. George Santos of New York, U.S. Rep. Anna Paulina Luna of Florida, and U.S. Rep. Andrew Clyde from Georgia were all captured with the pins. Some expressed outrage.
U.S. Rep. Jimmy Gomez, D-CA was one of the first to circulate images showing the pins worn by the Republicans.
“Where do these assault weapon pins come from?” He asked, “Who is passing them out?”
Where are these assault weapon pins coming from? Who is passing these out? pic.twitter.com/CVtzNHX9k2
— Rep. Jimmy Gomez (@RepJimmyGomez) February 1, 2023
Aaron Fritschner (Deputy Chief of Staff, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Don Beyer) captured a photograph of Congressman Clyde with the pin on his tie.
they’re not sending their best pic.twitter.com/q7uO6MZHbH
— Aaron Fritschner (@Fritschner) February 1, 2023
Grab the pearls! Bring out the fainting couches and smelling salts! Andrew Clyde, a Georgia Rep., has been giving them to his pro-2A friends. Clyde is the owner of a gun shop, and this item is sold there as well. Clyde doesn’t seem to be upset about the way he’s made his Democrat colleagues look.
Apparently I’ve been triggering some of my Democrat colleagues… pic.twitter.com/3qJB1bRuBP
— Rep. Andrew Clyde (@Rep_Clyde) February 2, 2023
Andrew Clyde, Congressman from Georgia’s 9th District. Some of my Democrat colleagues have complained about the little pin that I’ve been handing out on the House Floor. It’s a reminder of the Second Amendment to the Constitution and its importance in protecting our liberties. Please stop by my Cannon office if you were absent from the House floor. I have many more things to share.
Clyde’s district is not where you can buy similar lapel pins online or on eBay for $8.99. Capitalism, Second Amendment rights, and freedom of speech are all in one.
This is also a problem for Democrats, as the first week in February is National Gun Violence Survivors Week. Organizations like Shannon Watts’ Moms Demand Action and John Feinblatt’s Everytown supposedly “honor” gun violence victims. It is yet another chance for Democrats and gun grabbers to promote gun control and virtue signal. Missouri Rep. Cori B., who supports gun control unless it is her private security, mentions National Gun Violence Survivors Week. She did this because she was concerned about the “shameful behavior” of GOP members.
— Congresswoman Cori Bush (@RepCori) February 2, 2023
Gavin Yamey, a Duke University Professor of Global Health and Public Policy, said that the assault weapon pins were “absolutely repulsive”. “We have mass shootings almost every day, and the Republicans are wearing assault weapons pins FFS.”
Gomez, in particular, seems to be amnesia about the fact that he represents California. California has some of the strictest gun laws and is where two of the most recent shootings occurred: The Half Moon Bay murder sprees and Monterey Park. Half Moon Bay was a scene of workplace violence. Chunli Zhao, the perpetrator of the murders, has admitted to it, has a history of assault, and used a legally-owned gun-not a rifle-to cause his harm. Democrats don’t let facts stop them from telling their story.
This not-so-subtle stance of Clyde and other GOP representatives is less disgusting, outrageous, more ballsy, and more based. Everybody who wears the pin is giving Cicilline and all other Democrat politicians the middle finger. They want new gun control policies to stop gun violence. If they combine that with blocking the legislation’s passage, they will be doing the work we elected them to do.