I know I would have been relieved to been armed during the riot.
The day after riots brought the U.S. Capitol to a standstill, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) noted that “several” representatives were happy to be armed while barricaded in their offices.
Following the riotous events, Massie tweeted, “The next member who argues Congressmen shouldn’t be allowed to carry firearms at work needs to be laughed out of the Capitol.”
He added, “Several of us were glad to be armed while barricaded for hours in our offices with our staff.”
Massie co-chairs the House Second Amendment Caucus along with Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO).
On January 3, 2021 — just three days before the Capitol riots — Boebert tweeted about the caucus’s fight to preserve House members’ ability to be armed for self-defense:
On December 23, 2020, Boebert told Breitbart News she would “carry a firearm each day in D.C.”
She said, “I’ve already gone through the concealed carry firearm courses to obtain a Washington, DC, permit,” explaining that she, as a representative, will not be driven from her residence to the Capitol “in an armored vehicle.” Rather, her safety will be in her own hands.