Are Republican Lawmakers Wearing Pearls? How it Supports Pro-Gun and Why Democrats Call Foul
A group of Republican lawmakers wore fake pearls at a recent public hearing in New Hampshire. This hearing was on the controversial proposed gun seizure legislation. The Republicans showed their support for a local women's pro - gun group with the pearls.
Surprise...Democrats and other opponents called foul.
The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee of the New Hampshire House held a public hearing. This was also to discuss issues related to gun seizure legislation. Several of the male GOP committee members entered the meeting wearing strands of faux pearls. It strongly indicated their support for the Women’s Defense League of New Hampshire.
Members of the Women’s Defense League of New Hampshire are known to wear the pearl necklaces when they convene. They distributed the necklaces to supporters and legislators before the hearing to represent a symbol of solidarity to the League’s position on the gun seizure bill.
Opponents of Gun Rights Not Happy About Lawmakers Support of Pro-Gun Group
The news about GOP committee members wearing the pearl necklaces to the public hearing quickly spread. It outraged Democratic opponents as well as gun control advocates across the country. The Indiana-based group, Moms Demand Action, was very outspoken about their feelings on the necklace wearing incident. Shannon Watts, leader of Moms Demand Action, took to social media to voice her annoyance with the situation. Her posts on Twitter indicated that the action was meant to make a mockery of the gun control advocates at the hearing.
“Of the 13 person ERPO hearing committee, 10 of the lawmakers are men; half of them are wearing pearls to mock @MomsDemand volunteers,” said Watts.
Popular Democrats, U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, as well as U.S. Representative, Eric Swalwell, soon echoed Watt’s feelings via social media. Eric Swalwell, (D) California is a known supporter to the ban on semiautomatic rifles. He called the necklace wearing incident “the lowest of the low.”. Meanwhile, Emily’s List, a political action committee that aims to help elect pro-choice Democratic female candidates to office, called the action a “cheap, sexist stereotype” via their Twitter account.
Women’s Defense League of New Hampshire
Wearing pearls is a long-time ritual of the Women’s Defense League of New Hampshire. Positively said, they do not intend to stop wearing pearls anytime soon, no matter what opponents think of the gesture. The League is okay with the controversy. In fact, they distributed over 200 strands of faux pearls at the most recent New Hampshire public hearing. They plan to distribute even more for upcoming rallies. You can spot them in their pink hats with an AR-15 silhouette embroidered on the front. All Women’s Defense League members will continue to wear their pearls at legislative hearings and in meetings with lawmakers.
The group argues that “gun control turns women into victims, while enabling criminals,” and it is one of the “most important women’s rights issues in modern history.”