Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) went viral after invoking 9/11 while arguing against gun control just days after the Uvalde, Texas, massacre that saw a gunman murder 21 people, including 19 children and two teachers.
"When 9/11 happened, we didn't ban planes," Boebert said Thursday on Fox News. "We secured the cockpit."
Gun-free zones do not protect anybody, she argued.
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"I want our schools secured, I want our children protected, and I want teachers that can protect themselves and their students," the congresswoman said. "And you know what? We can achieve this without trying to disarm law-abiding citizens."
"I need a way to protect myself and my children, and my firearm is my equalizer," she continued.
Boebert also took aim at left-wing rivals, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke.
"What I've seen from Democrats is them trying to use this tragedy to their advantage. Their radical political agenda, it's shameful. Sandy Cortez [is] tweeting at me, but she hasn't taken up my offer to actually meet and work together," she said in a jab at the "Squad" member.
"Beto acted like a total jerk and tried to use the deaths of these children as a prop to advance his political candidacy," she added.
When asked what she plans to do to work to prevent another tragedy like the one in Uvalde, Boebert again turned to the elimination of gun-free zones and brought up COVID-19 funding.
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"There is $190 billion that was allocated for COVID funds, and a lot of that is still unspent," she said. "I would like to look into that to see if there's something that we can use from those unspent funds to secure our schools."