Lauren Boebert Mocks Parkland Survivor David Hogg, Prompting Outrage

Newly elected gun-toting Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert has come under fierce criticism for mocking Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg, weeks before the tragedy's third anniversary.

In a tweet on Thursday, Hogg called on Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to take a stand against Boebert and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) whom he deemed the "real threats" to the U.S. Capitol.

Boebert, 34, replied to the 20-year-old activist in a tweet of her own: "David, please. We all saw how tough you were when questioned face to face. Give your keyboard a rest, child."

David, please. We all saw how tough you were when questioned face to face.

Give your keyboard a rest, child. https://t.co/DDnpmkyfIS

— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) January 28, 2021

The congresswoman, who represents Colorado's 3rd congressional district, appeared to refer to a 2019 incident in which Greene, 46, accosted Hogg as he walked to the Capitol to make a case for stricter firearm legislation.

Clips of the confrontation shared online this week show Greene trailing behind Hogg as she interrogates him on the shooting that killed his classmates and berates him for his advocacy.

In the videos, which were filmed prior to her tenure in Congress, Greene claimed Hogg was funded by wealthy philanthropist George Soros and called him a "coward." The future Georgia congresswoman also taunted Hogg for his silence during the encounter.

The February 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida left 17 dead. Student survivors who advocated for gun control have since been targeted by aggressive harassment campaigns and conspiracy theories.

Boebert faced widespread outrage and calls to resign following her tweet. Many pointed out her role in promoting baseless election fraud rhetoric that incited supporters of former President Donald Trump to storm the U.S. Capitol.

Hogg attributed his decision not to react during the incident to Greene's mentions of her gun ownership and concealed carry permit.

"Sorry I was a little more worried about [Marjorie Taylor Greene] not shooting my friends and staff with her concealed gun she was threatening us with than responding to your evil twin," the gun violence survivor said. "It's a little thing called deescalation you probably haven't heard of it."

Democrat Jason Crow, who represents Colorado's 6th district, tweeted: "In my experience, those who haven't experienced the trauma of mass shootings usually talk the toughest. But the tough talk and bullying of survivors is the ultimate sign of weakness."

Democratic Florida Rep. Omari Hardy responded: "Bullying children who watched their classmates die. Classy."

"What's wrong couldn't find a middle schooler to pick on?" wrote Democratic Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego.

Republican Olivia Troye, once homeland security and counterterrorism adviser to former Vice President Mike Pence, called on Boebert to resign.

This is quite possibly one of the most deplorable moments on social media by a sitting elected official. A gun toting, insurrectionist enabler, talking down to a school shooting survivor. No. @laurenboebert Not today. Not ever. Resign. #AccountabilityBeforeUnity #Republicans https://t.co/pS2CzdKa3r

— Olivia of Troye (@OliviaTroye) January 29, 2021

"This is quite possibly one of the most deplorable moments on social media by a sitting elected official. A gun toting, insurrectionist enabler, talking down to a school shooting survivor," she wrote.

"So a sitting Congresswoman cyber bullies the survivor of a high school gun massacre," tweeted Sunny Hostin, co-host on ABC's The View. "This is the Republican Party today."

VoteVets, a veteran-focused PAC, tweeted: "Lauren, please. We all saw how seditious you were when there was an election decided by the people. Give your traitorous ways a rest, Congresswoman who should be expelled."

Newsweek has contacted Boebert's office for comment.

A pro-gun Trump supporter, Boebert kicked off her career in Congress by allegedly setting off a Capitol metal detector and refusing to comply with police following the January 6 attack on the building.

The congresswoman, who owns a restaurant that permits staff to openly carry weapons, had previously announced her intention to carry a firearm in Congress.

Fellow freshman Greene is under intense scrutiny herself. The lawmaker's past Facebook interactions revealed she had suggested shootings such as Parkland were staged in order to enact stricter gun laws.

Lauren Boebert addresses supporters in Colorado
Lauren Boebert, then the Republican candidate for the US House of Representatives seat in Colorado's 3rd Congressional District, addresses supporters during a campaign rally in Colona, Colorado on October 10, 2020. Boebert came under fire for a tweet mocking Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg, Jason Connolly/AFP via Getty Images