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Lauren Boebert begins her first term in Congress today. Yesterday we noted that it appears that Nancy Pelosi won’t alter the rules of the House of Representatives to prevent her from carrying a firearm in the Capitol. So Rep. Boebert will be able to carry her GLOCK as she walks to work and represents the people of Colorado every day.

That’s nice for her. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy for other residents of the District of Columbia or Americans who choose to visit the seat of government. Boebert’s carry privileges come with her status as a member of Congress. Average citizens have to ask permission to do that in D.C. and are prohibited from carrying in the Capitol building.

Yesterday Boebert announced that she, along with Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie, are forming the Second Amendment Caucus in the House (evidently the last version of the caucus didn’t take). And as today is her first day in her new job, we’ll wish her good luck and hope that her efforts to defend and extend the Second Amendment are successful.

Even though I now work in one of the most liberal cities in America, I refuse to give up my rights. Especially my Second Amendment rights. I will carry my firearm in D.C. and in Congress.

This caused outrage from Democrats and the media. Why? It’s our job in Congress to defend your rights. Including your Second Amendment. And that’s exactly what I’m here to do.

In D.C., of all places, we should be encouraged to practice our rights. So forget what you hear in the fake news. Here are the real reasons I choose to defend myself in our nation’s capital.

I’m a woman and a mother of four. I choose to defend my family with all of the force the Constitution provides. D.C. is one of the top 10 most dangerous cities in our country. Homicide rates and violent crimes are skyrocketing here.

Being a member of Congress is pretty basic. I don’t go to work in a motorcade or armored car. I don’t get police escorts everywhere I go. I walk to my office every morning by myself. So as a five-foot tall, 100-pound woman, I choose to protect myself legally because I am my best security.

One of the challenges of working in D.C. is people here don’t understand how we live in real America. The Second Amendment is part of our lives. Gun ownership is cherished and it makes our little towns safer.

As a young woman working late nights at a restaurant, I learned real fast how important it was to defend myself. After a violent incident outside my business, I took advantage of Colorado’s open carry laws and began to carry at work. My waitresses asked if they could open carry too, and now Shooters Grill has mandatory firearm training and target practice available for my staff, most of whom are young women.

Educated, law-abiding gun owners are the safest people in America to be around. So when anyone comes in to limit the rights and safety of my family, I’ll tell them exactly what this mom thinks.

So this is why I choose to defend myself and my family. Not only is it my right, but it’s a right I was sent here to protect from Rifle, Colorado. So if you see me in D.C., say hi. You’re safe with me.

Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert

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