Male New Hampshire Lawmakers Wear Pearls While Gun Violence Victims Testified
Credit: Shannon Watts
March 6, 2019

In today's edition of Republicans behaving like assholes...

The "controversial" bill in question that Moms Demand Action were testifying in support of would restrict gun access for individuals who may pose an immediate risk to themselves or others. Sounds like common-sense, right? Well not in the 'Live Free or Die' state, apparently.

Source: Washington Post

A handful of male lawmakers dressed up for a hearing they presided over Tuesday in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, donning pearl necklaces as activists testified about their experiences with gun violence.

Images from the statehouse — where legislators were considering arguments over a bill that would make it easier to take guns away from potentially dangerous people — caromed across social media as critics lobbed accusations of sexism and insensitivity at the necklace-wearing men.

The implication was clear, they said: These politicians thought gun-control activists were “clutching their pearls” in overwrought and self-righteous outrage — and, specifically, female outrage.

The advocates, who were volunteers with the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said they felt mocked, as if some of the lawmakers were not interested in hearing stories about how gun violence has affected their lives.
The bill, known as a “red flag” law, would allow family members and law enforcement agencies to obtain court orders that restrict gun access for individuals who may pose an immediate risk to themselves or others. If New Hampshire adopts the legislation, it would join 14 states that have done so, many in the wake of deadly mass shootings.

Watts, who attended the hearing, said she counted at least five representatives — all men — wearing pearls and sitting on the committee that held the hearing. One of them also appeared to sport a pin in the shape of a semiautomatic rifle on his lapel. She snapped photos of the lawmakers and posted them on Twitter, where she has nearly 300,000 followers, sparking outrage near and far.

If you'd care to voice your displeasure, here is some contact info for a few of the assholes pictured. You might not get through though, seems their offices are overwhelmed with calls and e-mails.

Darryl Abbass

Scott Wallace

David Welch

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