WASHINGTON — GOP Rep. Thomas Massie said Friday he and several other members of Congress felt relieved they were carrying firearms when a mob of rioters overpowered police and stormed the Capitol in a siege that claimed the lives of five people.
The Kentucky Republican’s remarks follow a recent debate about whether lawmakers should be allowed to carry guns in the historic building.
“The next member who argues Congressmen shouldn’t be allowed to carry firearms at work needs to be laughed out of the Capitol,” Massie wrote.
“Several of us were glad to be armed while barricaded for hours in our offices with our staff,” he added.
Freshman GOP Congresswoman Lauren Boebert from Colorado scored a win last month when she fought House leadership to preserve a 1967 rule that allows lawmakers to be armed for self-defense.
Boebert, a vocal advocate for Second Amendment rights, was ridiculed when she released a video of herself explaining why she would wear