Before the Civil War, Members brought weapons.

1836: a melee broke out.

1842: Rep Thomas Arnold was threatened with a bowie knife.

1850: Senator Henry Foote (MS) pulled a gun on Senator Benton (MO)

1856: Brooks beat Sumner with a cane so badly he didnt return for 3 years.
"violence was often deployed strategically. Representatives & senators who were willing to back up their words with their weapons had an advantage, particularly in the debate over slavery."

Violence has long been a tactic used in Congress. It's barbaric.…
THIS is why they carry: intimidation, not protection >

"Generally speaking, Northerners were least likely to be armed, & thus most likely to back down. Congressional bullies pressed their advantage, using threats & violence to steer debate, silence opposition & influence votes"
There is no earthly reason to carry on the House floor. It's victimhood, hate and intimidation dressed up as cosplay heroism.

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13 Jan
UPDATE: On Jan 8th, @RepCawthorn said he had a loaded gun on the House floor during the attempted coup.

WHICH is interesting, because it's impossible to get TO capitol grounds without passing through DC's police jurisdiction.

And without a DC CCPL -- that's illegal.
And here's the thing with these Law & Order Republicans: they seem to have an issue following the law...

Unless @RepCawthorn has done his 16 hrs of training and 2 hrs of range time with an MPD-certified instructor to get his DC CCPL -- he's breaking the law.
There's also an issue of Home Rule (aka: States Rights) that Republicans LOVE to champion when it means they don't need to follow federal law.

But when DC -a separate jurisdiction- sets its firearms laws from duly-elected local reps -- suddenly local control is an issue? Huh.
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13 Jan
So I assume Rep Boebert has completed the 16 hours of training with an MPD-certified instructor for conceal carry?

Also the 2 hours or range time w/ a MPD-certified instructor?

And also finished the course for DC laws & self defense?

Wow. Somebody had time in her schedule...
Also important to note that even with a CCPL you can’t take a gun onto school grounds, memorials, the national mall, and I think metro. Federal buildings are also not covered by DC CCPLs so ... very interested in how this is legal! 👀
Also interested in what Boebert answered on eligibility to register her firearm in DC...

The offenses and misdemeanors section is pretty specific. I don’t know much about her legal run-ins, but it’s not an ideal application
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