On Thursday, as reported by the Washington Post, Rep. Andy Harris (Maryland) set off the detector, leading security to pat him down, discovering a gun. Harris asked another Republican congressman, Rep. John Katko, to hold the thing for him, according to witnesses, but Katko refused.
Harris, a six-term legislator, declined to answer media inquiries. But his chief of staff issued a statement: “Because his and his family’s lives have been threatened by someone who has been released awaiting trial, for security reasons the congressman never confirms whether he nor anyone else he’s with are carrying a firearm for self-defence.”
Rep. Don Young, from Alaska, boasts that he carries a knife in the House and once put it to the throat of former House Speaker John Boehner during a heated debate.
Rep. Madison Cawthorn, freshman congressman from North Carolina, blustered to his hometown paper, the Smoky Mountain News, that he was packing heat when the maddened pack breached the Capitol. “Fortunately, I was armed, so we would have been able to protect ourselves.”
Doubtful they were coming for him.
Who do Republicans fear?
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the firebrand New York City Democrat, told CNN she had skipped Biden’s inauguration because she was supporting a local union strike in her district, but added that lawmakers “don’t yet feel safe around other members of Congress.” She clearly meant nutso Republicans.
“The moment you bring a gun onto the House floor, in violation of rules, you put everyone around you in danger. It is irresponsible. It is reckless.”
— Rosie DiManno in Pistol-packing Republicans in Congress have only themselves to fear