2 hours after the mass shooting in Colorado, Rep. Lauren Boebert sent a campaign email encouraging supporters to say 'HELL NO' to gun control

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2 hours after the mass shooting in Colorado, Rep. Lauren Boebert sent a campaign email encouraging supporters to say 'HELL NO' to gun control
Rep Lauren Boebert of ColoradoScreenshot via House Committee on Natural Resources
  • Rep. Lauren Boebert was tweeting about Biden while a mass shooting was unfolding in her home state.
  • Following the shooting, which left 10 people dead, Boebert said she was praying for those affected.
  • Boebert's campaign reportedly sent a pro-gun email to supporters two hours after the shooting.

One of Congress' most ardent Second Amendment supporters is facing backlash over insensitive communications following a shooting at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, on Monday that left 10 people dead.

Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado has made a name for herself as a pro-gun right-wing ideologue during her short time in the House of Representatives, but her response to the shooting in her home state drew sharp criticism.

Reports of an active shooter at a King Soopers grocery store circulated shortly before 3 p.m. MT. About 30 minutes later, a livestream showed officers detaining a handcuffed, shirtless man whose leg appeared to be covered in blood.

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But as local law enforcement, media outlets, and politicians awaited more information about the shooting, Boebert was tweeting about the US's southern border and President Joe Biden.

"The White House just called a lid at 1:13pm today. Biden is back in the basement, figuratively at least," she tweeted at 3:51 p.m. MT.

"Meanwhile, the country is in chaos and the border is coming apart at the seams," she wrote.

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After several Twitter users blasted Boebert for her timing, the freshman representative issued a statement addressing the shooting.

"My prayers are with the shoppers, employees, first responders & others affected by the shooting in Boulder," she tweeted. "May God be with them."

The stump phrase "thoughts and prayers" has become a go-to response for many politicians to the many mass shootings in the US in recent years, instead of tangible policy changes to address the gun-violence epidemic.

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Boebert, who has hinted that she carries a gun to work in the US Capitol and recently appeared at a virtual committee meeting in front of multiple guns on display, was quickly back to championing gun rights on Monday night.

Two hours after the shooting, Boebert's campaign sent supporters an email with the subject line "I told Beto 'HELL NO' to taking our guns. Now we need to tell Joe Biden," the journalist David Gura tweeted.

"Radical liberals in Washington, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and with President Biden's blessing and support are trying to violate your due process and criminalize the private transfer of firearms," a photo Gura tweeted of the email said.

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"Please help me stand up to the radical gun-grabbing left," the email continued.

Boebert is the founder and owner of Shooters Grill, a restaurant in Rifle, Colorado, that advertises its staff members as carrying firearms as they serve customers.

Boebert has been a vocal opponent of gun control and background checks, often sharing a bogus story about a man being beaten to death outside her gun-themed restaurant as an avenue to advocate for gun rights. The local police department has debunked her claims, saying an autopsy found that the man had died of a drug overdose.

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Boebert's campaign did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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