The contest for "Dumbest Member of Congress" is always a competitive affair that pits such legends of lunacy as Louis Gohmert, Matt Gaetz, and the eminently idiotic Marjorie Taylor Greene, against one another. The caliber of the crackpottery is so impressive that it's near impossible to choose a winner.
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However, on Thursday one contender made a valiant effort to lead the pack. Lauren Boebert appeared on Sean Hannity's Fox News program to field some softballs from guest host Tammy Bruce. The subject was the massacre in Uvalde, Texas, that Fox News has been callously politicizing, while accusing concerned Democrats of being political. Bruce and Boebert discussed the potential of legislative initiatives to prevent future tragedies. Bruce asked Boebert "what the next step can be taken for some real change here." Whereupon Boebert unleashed some stellar stupidity that assures she will remain a top contender for dimwit distinction:
"I want our schools secured. I want their children protected, and I want teachers that can protect themselves and their students. [...] Sandy Cortez tweeting at me, but she hasn't taken up my offer to meet an work together. And of course we saw Beto acted like a total jerk, and tried to use the deaths of these children as a prop to advance his political candidacy. When 9/11 happened, we didn’t ban planes. We secured the cockpit."
Boebert joins the rest of the Republican gun fetishists in blaming everyone and everything for the tragedy , except for guns. She parroted the right-wing narrative that advocates turning schools into prisons and teachers into armed guards. She follows that up with some typically infantile insults aimed at Rep. Alexandria Cortez-Ocasio and Beto O'Rourke, who she whines won't meet with her. Why would anyone want to meet with Boebert, whose childish behavior betrays her intellectual vacancy?
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Boebert's repugnant personality notwithstanding, what truly sets her apart from the pinhead pack is her contention that "we didn’t ban planes" after 9/11. Really?
First of all, this is an utterly ludicrous analogy. There is no similarity whatsoever between the singular terrorist attack by Al Qaeda two decades years ago, and the horrifyingly frequent mass shootings that occur, uniquely, in the United States. Secondly, just as no one proposed banning all planes after 9/11, no one is proposing banning all guns now.
Although, even if we patronize Boebert's bizarre analogy, she is making a great case for regulating guns. The truth is that air travel was broadly regulated after 9/11. Passengers have to provide government issued identification. They have to remove their shoes and belts and any metal objects from their pockets. They can't carry aboard any common objects like scissors, or containers of liquids more than eight ounces. They and their baggage are screened with x-rays.
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In other words, the 9/11 incident resulted in the implementation of numerous strict regulations to increase public safety. So by Boeert's alleged logic, guns should be similarly regulated, and for the same reason. But don't expect her to grasp that. Her cognitive capabilities are too limited to understand what she's saying. Which is precisely why she ranks so high on the imbecile scale in the first place.
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