Republican congresswoman Lauren Boebert claims gun control is ‘anti-woman’ on Twitter

<p>Lauren Boebert tweeted that guns controls were “anti-woman”</p>

Lauren Boebert tweeted that guns controls were “anti-woman”

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Outspoken American lawmaker Lauren Boebert has described gun controls as “anti-woman”.

The Republican congresswoman, who has made a series of inflammatory comments about guns during her political career, tweeted the remarks hours before a fatal shooting in California, which left four dead, including a child.

Making a dig at Democratic-run cities, she wrote on Twitter: “The Left’s gun control agenda will affect America’s women more than anyone else.

“I’m a five-foot-tall, 100-pound woman. The only way I’m safe to walk around any dangerous liberal city is with an equalizer. Gun control is anti-woman.”

Boebert, who was elected last year, has previously prompted backlash by insisting she would carry a gun during her term in Washington DC. Members of Congress are allowed to keep firearms in their offices in Washington DC, as long as they are not loaded.

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She owns a restaurant called Shooters Grill in the town of Rifle, Colorado, where members of staff are encouraged to openly carry weapons, as is permitted under the state’s laws.

The issue of gun rights also formed a key part of her campaign for last November’s election.

But experts say there is limited evidence to show that carrying a gun makes you safer, even if you are a woman in a vulnerable situation. Harvard Injury Control Research Centre’s director David Hemenway, an expert on gun control,said on Science Vs, a podcast that seeks to debunks myths: “What guns do is make hostile interactions—robberies, assaults—much more deadly”.

Gun control is back on the agenda following numerous mass shootings in the US, including in Boebert’s home state of Colorado. The shooting, which took place at a supermarket in Boulder, led to ten deaths.

Another mass shooting took place last month in Atlanta, Georgia, with eight killed. Six of those who lost their lives were of Asian heritage.

Guns are not the only thing that Boebert has spoken about which has raised eyebrows. Last year, she said in an interview that she was “very familiar” with the. QAnon conspiracy theory.

Although she did not say she was a follower, she said: “Everything that I’ve heard of Q, I hope that this is real because it only means that America is getting stronger and better, and people are returning to conservative values.”

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