Republicans don pearls for gun control debate, sparking backlash on Twitter
Male Republican members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives were photographed wearing pearl necklaces at a gun control hearing while gun control activists shared their stories on Tuesday.
The images were shared on social media by Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts, where they soon spread and fuelled impassioned outrage as many expressed disgust at what was perceived as an insult to mothers who were giving testimony of their experiences with gun violence. The hearing was to debate House Bill 687-FN, which would restrict access to firearms for potentially dangerous people.
That's pretty messed up...— Rob H (@arob505) March 6, 2019
The right likes to say the left is easily upset over things.— Dave Zhang (@DaveQZhang) March 6, 2019
Yet here they are: listening to testifying stories while wearing pearls, with which to clutch.
Sexist, juvenile, embarrassing, and a bad reflection on this entire country for the world to see that this is the type of people that we elect to our political offices. All levels of United States politics are displaying elementary school type of behavior.— Anthony Williams (@bcinfo4u) March 7, 2019
Gun control activists accused the representatives of mocking them, saying the pearls signified the women clutching pearls.
There seems to be two stories to this and the two better get it cleared up or many people who were being supportive will get some bad publicity. It seems they wore the pearls as a show of support so..before shouting sexist lets double check the facts.— 🎨 (@makeart) March 7, 2019
As the outrage mounted, Democrats like Kamala Harris and Cory Booker added their rebuke of the Republicans. However, Women’s Defense League of New Hampshire president Kimberly Morin provided an alternative narrative to the meaning behind the pearls that raised questions about outrage culture.
“The PEARLS are in support of the Women’s Defense League,” she wrote. “Women who ACTUALLY PROMOTE GUN SAFETY and WOMEN’S RIGHTS.”
LIES on @CNN from @DebrasATeam@WDLNH has been wearing these pearls for TWO YEARS.— Hillsborough County NH GOP (@GOPHillsborough) March 6, 2019
It is shameful a @NHHouseofReps member would go on national TV and LIE about a group that empowers women, and LIE about her @NHHouseGOP colleagues.#NHPoliticshttps://t.co/qcwEnafWVF
Okay, so here's an article. While it's still a pro-2A message, NH legislators have been wearing pearls for gun legislature hearings since 2016, including women. So it's messy.https://t.co/vVGKAalAcz— Shannon Stacey (@shannonstacey) March 6, 2019
According to Morin, the pro-gun group has been wearing pearls at similar hearings since 2016. The pearls allegedly don’t mock gun control advocates, but are a symbol of support for women’s right to bear arms.
Sure enough, RT has found evidence of the group wearing pearls in the past.
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