Democrat Rep. Jimmy Gomez (CA) had a meltdown online this week over Republican Congressmen sporting “assault weapon pins” in Congress. The pins, shaped liked a semi-automatic rifle, were worn by at least three Republicans either on the House floor or in committee meetings according to photographs: Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (FL), Rep. George Santos (NY) and Rep. Andrew Clyde (GA). Luna’s response (at end of article) was perfect.
Gomez said, “Where are these assault weapon pins coming from? Who is passing these out?”
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) freaked out, “It’s freaking sick. And they are doing it during #GVSurvivorsWeek.”
Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO), While gun violence continues to be the leading cause of death for children in our country, @GOP members are wearing assault rifle pins during #GVSurvivorsWeek. Shameful.”
Democrat Texas state Representative Gene Wu, “The @GOP has stopped playing coy and is now openly and unabashedly praising mass shooters.Will there be special versions to celebrate specific mass shootings?”
Gomez has been on this for a couple days, first freaking out over George Santos, “George Santos was wearing an assault weapon lapel pin literally days after a string of mass shootings. Call it tone-deaf or stupid, but one things for certain: he’s not fit to serve in Congress.”
Then he went after Anna Paulina Luna, “Anna Paulina Luna wore an assault weapon pin at today’s Oversight hearing — less than 48 hours after her state experienced a mass shooting. You can’t make this sh*t up. This isn’t the flex you think it is.”
A staffer for Democrat Rep. Don Beyer (VA) called out Andrew Clyde:
Anna Paulina Luna posted a reply to Gomez, a photo of a handwritten note on House stationery with the offending pin that said, “Jimmy, Stop trying to date me!”
Gomez replied with emojis calling her “bat sh*t crazy clown” and urged her to wear a gun grabber ribbon and button instead.
Luna later posted video of her talking at a House Committee on Natural Resources meeting on Wednesday about her need to be armed for self-protection.
Last week Rep. Cory Mills (R-FL) caused a stir by passing out inert grenades to fellow Republicans that were made by a Florida company.