Rep. Norma Torres, a California Democrat who participated in a gun control protest five years ago on the House floor, revealed she owns a 9 mm handgun that sits next to her while she sleeps at night.
Torres made the revelation during an interview with the Los Angeles Times when she described she feared for her life following a series of heated Twitter exchanges that she engaged in with El Salvador President Nayib Bukele. Back in April, Torres tweeted a well-known image of a deceased Salvadoran father and his young daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande while attempting to reach the United States.
“This is a result of narcissistic dictators like you interested in being ‘cool’ while people flee by the 1000s & die by the 100s,” she wrote above the photo. Bukele retaliated on Twitter and called on Salvadorans living in Southern California