Boebert responds to criticism of her gun storage in Zoom background

Freshman Rep. Lauren BoebertLauren BoebertMcConnell pushes vaccines, but GOP muddles his message GOP's Banks burnishes brand with Pelosi veto Performance or performance art? A question for voters in 2022 (and 2024) MORE (R-Colo.) responded to criticism of her gun storage in her Zoom background during a House Natural Resources Committee meeting. 

During the committee's organizing meeting held over Zoom, the Republican appeared to have several guns including rifles and a handgun propped up behind her on a bookshelf.

Her background was immediately spotted with journalists, lawmakers and Twitter users pointing it out on the platform. 

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“I always thought my dirty dishes piled up and accumulating bacteria were the most dangerous thing in a Zoom background...#SafeStorage,” Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) said in response to Boebert’s background. 

 

Who says this is storage? These are ready for use,” Boebert later posted on Twitter on Thursday in response to the reaction. 

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Boebert has faced backlash in the past regarding her stance on firearms after she released an ad last month stating “I will carry my firearm in D.C. and in Congress.” 

Boebert has recently been approved for a concealed carry permit in Washington, D.C., and is not the only Republican representative who is carrying in the House. 

Guns have become a controversial topic in the House following the violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6. 

Last month, GOP Rep. Andy HarrisAndrew (Andy) Peter HarrisOvernight Health Care: Biden officials says no change to masking guidance right now | Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of Medicaid expansion | Mississippi's attorney general asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade House GOP leaders say vaccine works but shouldn't be mandated Acquiescing to Berlin, emboldening Moscow and squeezing Kyiv: Biden and Nordstream 2 MORE (Md.) set off the metal detectors in Congress with a concealed gun, and Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) admitted to being armed during the Capitol riot. However, it is unclear if he carried a gun onto the House floor. 

After Harris set off the metal detector, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezGrassley pressured to run as Democrats set sights on Iowa JD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary MORE (D-N.Y.) objected to House members carrying firearms in Congress, claiming Harris attempted to sneak the gun onto the floor. She later expressed that she and other colleagues don’t “feel safe around other members of Congress.”