Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has criticized Republicans in Congress for complaining about the new house metal detectors, noting that at least one Republican has previously posted a picture of herself holding a gun next to Democrats.
The metal detectors were installed Tuesday after Wednesday’s uprising of President Donald Trump’s supporters at the Capitol. House Democrats have said they no longer felt safe among their pro-Trump Republican colleagues after the uprising.
“It’s almost like GOP members promoting videos of themselves illegally carrying firearms on Capitol grounds, posting pictures of themselves holding guns next to Democratic members and calling for an attack on the Capitol, has consequences! Of course, GOP cries and plays victim, “Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Tuesday.
The law prohibits lawmakers from carrying loaded firearms anywhere in the capital except their office. No one except law enforcement is allowed to carry a gun, whether loaded or unloaded, in the house chamber.
In a statement Tuesday afternoon, acting House Sergeant-at-arms Timothy Blodgett told House members that anyone entering the lower chamber will have to undergo additional screening measures and will be barred from entering if they refused screening or were found with a prohibited object, like a gun.
However, Republicans began criticizing the metal detectors almost immediately.
Republican Congressman Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma shouted for security guards Tuesday. “I was physically detained!” he said.
Arkansas Congressman Steve Womack said carrying a firearm is “my constitutional right” and “they can’t stop me.”
In a January 3 ad, Representative Lauren Boebert of Colorado told viewers she would “carry my Glock to Congress.” In a Facebook post from September, Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia shared a photo of herself holding a gun next to a photo of the four Democratic congresswomen who made up the House’s progressive group known as the “troupe.”
Facebook removed Greene’s post for violating its policy on violent threats after Minnesota “Squad” member Ilhan Omar tweeted: “Sending a photo with a rifle next to the faces of three colored women is not advertising. “There are already dead threats in response to this post.”
Democrats have criticized Republicans who supported Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud as partly responsible for Wednesday’s attack on the Capitol. About 120 members of the GOP House voted to oppose the certification of President-elect Joe Biden.
Fears of further political violence continue as the FBI has mentioned possible attacks during upcoming protests planned on all 50 U.S. capitals and Biden’s January 20 inauguration in the nation’s capital.
Newsweek contacted Greene’s office for comment.