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Omar: Capitol security incident would be more deadly if AR-15 involved

Omar: Capitol security incident would be more deadly if AR-15 involved
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Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarThere will be no new immigration law under Biden, unless he changes course Free Speech Inc.: The Democratic Party finds a new but shaky faith in corporate free speech Schumer works to balance a divided caucus's demands MORE (D-Minn.) said Friday that an attack on the Capitol, during which a man rammed his car into a security barrier, "would have been worse" if the suspect was carrying an AR-15 firearm. 

The attack occurred Friday afternoon, killing one Capitol Police Officer, William F. Evans, and injuring another. 

The suspect, a 25-year-old man named Noah Green, used a car to crash into a barrier surrounding the Capitol, hitting the two officers. He then exited the vehicle with a knife and lunged at the police. 

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Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman stated that after the suspect refused to comply with verbal commands, officers fired their weapons, killing him. 

In a tweet, Omar offered her condolences to Capitol Police. 

Heartbroken to learn another CP was killed while protecting the Capitol. My thoughts and prayers go out to the officer’s family and the entire Capitol Police force,” Omar tweeted.

“The death toll would have been worse if the assailant had an AR-15 instead of a knife,” she added.

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The Minnesota lawmaker's comments drew backlash from Twitter users, alleging that Omar was politicizing a tragic event. 

Natalie Johnson, communications director from Rep. Nancy MaceNancy MaceJoe Cunningham to enter race for South Carolina governor Republicans race for distance from 'America First Caucus' Eric Bolling rules out congressional bid MORE (R-N.C.) tweeted, "A Capitol Police officer who risked his life protecting yours every single day was murdered not even three hours ago and you’re already politicizing his death." 

Another Twitter user, Blake Masters, said "just an immediate pivot to propaganda." 

The news comes as Democrats have renewed their push to ban assault weapons after shootings at a grocery store in Boulder, Colo., and at several massage parlors in the Atlanta area.