Well this is flat-out DISGUSTING.
Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert on Thursday invoked the shooting former Rep. Gabby Giffords to defend his decision to not host in-person town halls with constituents.
In a letter to constituents, Gohmert wrote:
“Unfortunately, at this time there are groups from the more violent strains of the leftist ideology, some even being paid, who are preying on public town halls to wreak havoc and threaten public safety. Threats are nothing new to me and I have gotten my share as a felony judge. However, the House Sergeant at Arms advised us after former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot at a public appearance, that civilian attendees at congressional public events stand the most chance of being harmed or killed—just as happened there.”
Giffords was shot in the head in 2011 during a “Congress on Your Corner” event she hosted in Tucson. The gunman, Jared Lee Loughner, injured 12 others and killed six during his mass shooting.
Giffords responded to Gohmert, and she is not happy.
“To the politicians who have abandoned their civic obligations, I say this: Have some courage. Face your constituents. Hold town halls.”
And if lawmakers are worried about gun violence at such events, Giffords suggested they consider the proposals advocated by her organization.
“Many of the members of Congress who are refusing to hold town halls and listen to their constituents concerns are the very same politicians that have opposed commonsense gun violence prevention policies and have allowed the Washington gun lobby to threaten the safety of law enforcement and everyday citizens in our schools, businesses, places of worship, airports, and movie theaters.”