Lauren Boebert on Gun Control: 'When 9/11 Happened, We Didn't Ban Planes'

Colorado rep. Lauren Boebert has dismissed calls for gun law reform in the wake of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, because the county "didn't ban planes" after the 9/11 terror attacks.

Speaking on Fox News' Hannity in the wake of the massacre at Robb Elementary School, which left 19 children and two adults dead, the Republican congresswoman suggested the attack showed that gun free zones are "deadly" and that bringing in stricter firearms laws would also not work as "we cannot legislate evil."

Boebert went on to suggest that the Democrats are attempting to use the tragedy to push "their radical political agenda," and bring in stricter gun laws.

The "shameful" examples Boebert gave were Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer blocking a school safety bill proposed by Republicans, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calling Boebert a "useless piece of furniture" for previously voting against imposing stricter gun laws, and Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke gatecrashing Greg Abbott's press conference to accuse the governor of "doing nothing" to prevent mass shootings.

"When 9/11 happened, we didn't ban planes, we secured the cockpit," Boebert said.

"And of course, leave it to Barack Obama to make this issue more divisive instead of allowing the nation to come together, mourn and heal," she added in an apparent reference to the former president's tweet linking the shooting in Uvalde to the two-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd.

Social Media Response

As a number of social media users pointed out, while the country didn't ban planes in response to the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, security at airports was massively increased and entire government departments set up to ensure such a tragedy didn't occur again.

"I think Lauren Boebert's point is that we didn't do anything after 9/11," tweeted Matt Full, editor at The Daily Beast, while sharing a clip of Boebert's remarks. "There was no government response. No loss of liberties. No legislation. Just continued doing the same things we'd always been doing."

Biologist Michael Eisen added: "Good analogy Lauren Boebert. So let's do for guns today what we did for planes after 9/11: create a US Gun Security Administration, and give them a massive budget to do whatever is necessary to prevent people from using guns as weapons."

Elsewhere during her Hannity appearance, Boebert repeated the Republican suggestions that arming teachers or making schools harder to attack will prevent mass shootings from occurring.

"I want real solutions, not just tweets," Boebert said. "I want our schools secured. I want our children protected. And I want teachers that can protect themselves and their students. And you know what, we can achieve this without trying to disarm law abiding citizens."

Boebert has made being pro-gun a major part of her political and personal life. She owns a restaurant in Colorado named Shooters Grill, where the waiting staff openly carry guns on shift, and she previously released a Christmas card featuring her four children posing with firearms.

Boebert has been contacted for further comment.

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Representative from Colorado Lauren Boebert speaks during a budget hearing to discuss U.S. President Joe Biden's budget for fiscal Year 2023 in Washington, D.C., on March 29, 2022. ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images