Congressman Debbie Lesko surprised many this week after she appeared to announce she would shoot her own nephew while she took to the floor of the House of Commons to protest against the gun safety bill.
“I have five grandchildren. I would do anything — anything — to protect my five grandchildren. Including, as a last resort, shooting them, if I must, to save the lives of my grandchildren,” she said at Congress on Tuesday.
She went on to criticize Democrats for trying to “take away my right to protect my grandchildren” and “the right of law-abiding citizens to protect their children”.
A video of her speech went viral on Wednesday and was fiercely criticized by many.
In response to the criticism, Ms. Lesko said it was ridiculous that people thought she would harm her grandchildren without giving a clear explanation.
“It never ceases to amaze me with the lengths of gun control zealots!” Lesko wrote on Twitter. “They turned my speech about defending Second Amendment rights and the right to protect my grandson from violent criminals into a declaration that I would harm my own grandchild. Totally absurd! “
Laura Basset, a Twitter user, said: “I have to imagine that this is just a case of really bad grammar. But she actually hinted that she would shoot her own grandchild.”
On Tuesday, she took to the floor to oppose gun control bill HR 2377 among the broad-based reforms passed by the US House of Representatives amid an increase in mass shootings. The bill specifically addresses the nation’s red flag laws to temporarily disarm people who are deemed a threat to themselves or others.
Lesko has represented Arizona’s 8th Congressional District since 2018, when she won by a narrow margin. She recently received Donald Trump’s endorsement for her 2022 re-election campaign.
She has a history of making inflammatory and critical statements, including anti-vaccination and anti-abortion stances.
After the court closed the curtain Roe v Wade Last month, Ms. Lasko said: “The Supreme Court of the United States made the right decision about Dobbs. The abortion debate will ultimately be returned to the people through their elected representatives.”