Even with no weapon, Alaska's MP Younger tells the congressional committee, his arms can kill
Screenshot of Rep. Don Young at a virtual meeting of the U.S. Natural Resources Committee on Thursday, February 18, 2021.
Sparks flew at a Zoom session of the U.S. Natural Resources Committee Thursday as members discussed a rule to ban weapons from the committee's hearing room.
Alaskan Congressman Don Young, an avid gun owner rights advocate, argued that a gun ban would not make the hearings safer.
“Talk about guns. I happened to be serving in Korea, ”he said. "And I was well trained in killing someone with my hands."
MP Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., Also argued against the ban. She was sitting in front of a bookcase with rifles and a pistol. She said the committee's housekeeping rule violated her second right of amendment. When she couldn't come to a hearing armed, the new congresswoman requested a security detail.
Screenshot by Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) At a virtual meeting of the U.S. Natural Resources Committee on Thursday, February 18, 2021.
Young's back wall contained a gold pan, but no firearms. Young's self-described deadly hands were in sight.
"Maybe we'll all have to come in with our hands tied so we don't attack each other. You've seen me on this committee all along, Mr. Huffman, the rest of you. I get very angry," he said, referring to his frequent slide Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif. "But I haven't attacked anyone. And the idea that you are now protecting us from ourselves is really a divisive change. "
The rule to ban weapons from the committee room was passed over Republican objections anyway.