Now that Republicans have formally retaken the House, they’ve removed the Pelosi-installed metal detectors outside the chamber — and not surprisingly, Democrats are once again crying foul, acting as if it’s the end of the world.
Why? Because some Democrats genuinely believe one of their GOP colleagues may one day ‘go postal’ for no reason whatsoever.
Democrats like Eric Swalwell, the failed presidential candidate who reportedly once cavorted with a Chinese spy.
“A lot of my Republican colleagues glorify violence and proudly display the firearms they have in their offices, so it just makes me nervous that we could have a workplace violent event. They’re not the most stable people,” the scared California congressman told Raw Story, a far-left news site.
“They already have a history of letting insurrectionists in the building and showing them around. So it just seems like a recipe for disaster,” he added.
Really? His remarks provoked deep mockery.
Steve Scalice would like a word
— John Garrett @guynoir/telegram/gettr (@GJohnGarrett) January 7, 2023
he has no fear of Chinese spies
— Matt (@39_Matt) January 7, 2023
I’m more concerned with Chinese spies having access to Congress.
— Jack Lombardi II (@JackLombardi) January 6, 2023
I think that, out of an abundance of caution, he should quit and go home to ensure his safety.
— John Eldridge (@opiejohn1969) January 6, 2023
Sure bro pic.twitter.com/7NWZ5fk1W9
— Scott Kasmer (@ScottKasmer) January 7, 2023
The guy seen above in the latter tweet is James Hodgkinson, the radicalized leftist who opened fire on a Republican baseball game in 2017, nearly killing Rep. Steve Scalise.
Since that day, there have been additional attempts on the lives of conservatives, including one over the summer on the life of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Yet to hear Democrats like Swalwell tell it, Republicans are the crazy ones …
The California Democrat isn’t alone in feeling fair.
“There’s a frightening group of people over there. I used to assume that nothing crazy could happen here. I no longer assume that. After Jan. 6, I don’t assume anything anymore. So it’s a little concerning,” Rep. Dan Kildee of Michigan told Raw Story.
“There have been increased threats to members of Congress. There’s been an increase in political violence in this country, and I think we have a responsibility to make sure that when people come to work—this is a workplace—that they could do so safely and free from any fear of violence, particularly gun violence,” Rep. David Cicilline, a Rhode Island Democrat, likewise said.
“I think it should concern everyone,” he added.
FYI, Cicilline was a staunch supporter of the discredited Black Lives Matter movement that spawned nationwide riots in 2020:
— David Cicilline (@davidcicilline) May 30, 2020
Now, in fairness to these Democrats, there is something strange afoot — namely the fact that the metal detectors were removed before House Speaker Kevin McCarthy won his speakership early Saturday morning.
“Many Democrats are … asking: Where did the order to remove the magnetometers come from? Because there’s currently no Speaker of the House,” Raw Story notes.
“I was surprised, because I don’t know who gave the order. I assume that the incoming majority communicated with the clerk, but I only assume that. So I don’t know,” Kildee said.
Democrats were also taken aback at how quickly the metal detectors were disabled.
“The security folks were laughing at me because I took all the stuff out of my pockets and I put it on the table and then looked up and there was no detector to go through. They said, ‘You’re the second one who’s done that,'” Rep. Adam Schiff said.
“I hope it’s safe. I think we all have some concerns about it,” he added.
That said, there are a handful of Democrats who don’t mind that the metal detectors are gone. Democrats like former gun-toting Virginia congresswoman Abigail Spanberger.
As someone who used to carry a gun every day on the job, I understand the responsibility that comes with a firearm.
I just voted to pass eight straightforward measures — that make sense to gun owners and non-gun owners alike — to reduce gun violence in our country. (1/11)
— Rep. Abigail Spanberger (@RepSpanberger) June 8, 2022
“Unlike other members of her party, Rep. Abigail Spanberger is used to being armed. In her past life as a Postal Inspector, the moderate Democrat worked drug and money-laundering cases. She then hopped federal agencies and spent a decade serving as CIA operations officer where she…well, it’s still, basically, CLASSIFIED (or, at least, redacted to the point of mystery),” according to Raw Story.
“Now a Virginia congresswoman, Spanberger was one of a few dozen lawmakers left trapped in the galleries overlooking the House floor on Jan. 6, 2021 due to COVID social-distancing measures. Even while she still carries emotional scars from that day, the congresswoman hated the detectors from the beginning.”
“[They] slowed down votes. Frankly, put the Capitol Police in a bit of a challenging circumstance of: we’re going to vote and they’re opening up bags,” she reportedly said in her own words earlier in the week.
Democrat Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger is also not a fan of the metal detectors. Why? Because he thinks it’s silly to have them when Congress is protected by a veritable small army.
“We have enough cops. We have security,” he pithily and blunted said to Raw Story.
Though like other Democrats, he too believes a mass shooting in Congress is truly possible.
“It can happen anywhere. It could happen in our caucus room, it could happen in the cafeteria. I have confidence in our safety. When you have a riot, like on Jan. 6, that’s a different story, and we were able to repel that,” he said.
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