House Democrats want to surround themselves with armed guards while at work – because some Republican lawmakers want to exercise their right to carry firearms at the Capitol.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi went so far as to call armed Republican members of Congress “the enemy” at the House of Representatives on Jan. 28 as lawmakers asked for additional funding for security amid what they saw as growing threats to their safety, according to a news roundup by Dailymail.com.
“We will probably need a supplemental for more security for members when the enemy is within the House of Representatives,” she proclaimed at a press conference on Capitol Hill.
Asked who exactly she meant by the enemy within, Pelosi forcefully responded: “It means that we have members of Congress who want to bring guns onto the floor and have threatened violence on other members of Congress.”
GOP Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, before joining Congress, liked Facebook posts that supported the execution of top Democrats, including Pelosi.
The speaker also was targeting Republican lawmakers who want to carry guns in the Capitol. Republican Congressman Andy Harris of Maryland is being investigated for trying to bring a gun onto the House floor last week. Pelosi set up metal detectors and violators face a $5,000 fine. Republicans have argued they have a right to bear arms.
It’s not just Harris. Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado has been adamant about wanting to carry her gun in the Capitol and GOP Congressman Madison Cawthorn claimed he was armed on the day of the MAGA riot.
Several members of Congress have written to Pelosi and other House leaders on Thursday, asking for the flexibility and funds to hire armed guards and upgrade security measures in their districts as they are terrified of threats against them.