Lauren Boebert is the 34 year old Congresswoman from Rifle, Colorado who got her claim to fame when she was featured on Nightline in 2014.
When the newly minted Congresswoman entered the House this month she wanted to bring her Glock onto the floor of the Chamber. Predictably, Boebert is one of the 140 Republicans who would not certify President Biden as the winner following the aborted Coup D’Etat on January 6.
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But the 27-year-old mother of four isn’t fully dressed until she straps on her loaded 9 mm semiautomatic handgun.
Boebert and her husband run a restaurant called the Shooters Grill. When they opened it a year ago in their hometown of Rifle, Colorado, going with a “gun theme” seemed natural. But Boebert took it one step further and began carrying a loaded weapon on her hip in public.
“I wanted to start carrying just for my protection. This is my establishment, so I didn’t see anything wrong with that,” she said. “[So] I began to open carry.”
It’s legal in Colorado to open carry handguns and Boebert isn’t the only one packing heat inside her restaurant. Most of the restaurant’s wait staff also open carry. The restaurant is so popular, Boebert said they sometimes sell out of food. She denies the armed staff is a gimmick for Shooters Grill, saying it’s about expressing their right to defend themselves.
“My firearms have nothing to do with the amazing hamburgers we cook,” Boebert said. “Actually, the food that we cook is what started all this.”
But at Shooter’s Grill, it’s not the patrons, but most of the waitresses who are armed.
“He called in from California and asked our owner if there was a girl that he could buy a gun for, and so I got it three days ago,” said Carsyn Copeland, one of Shooter Grill’s waitresses. “It’s a Kimber 45.”
Of course, not everyone in town is thrilled. Boebert said she and her staff have gotten angry posts on Facebook and other social media, random phone calls to the restaurant and even actual letters in the mail.
“‘Hope God punishes you for what you are doing. Hope that you and all of your patrons will kill yourself,'” said Boebert, reading from one of the letters. “That is pretty harsh.”
The state of Colorado has seen its share of gun violence, including the massacres at Columbine High School and the Aurora movie theater, and there are others who feel Shooters Grill glorifies gun culture.
One of those people is Dave Hoover of Lakeview, Colorado, whose nephew A.J. Boik was killed in the Aurora theater shooting.
“This is America, they’re allowed to [open carry], but you can’t glamorize the gun,” Hoover said. “The gun will never be a glamorous thing. It’s just an object. What we need to worry about is keeping the guns out of those who shouldn’t have firearms.”
Hoover has been in law enforcement for three decades. In a shooting situation, he said, more guns on scene create more confusion for police trying to secure the shooter. “I don’t know which one is the bad guy, which one is the good guy,” Hoover said.
Even the police chief in Rifle says things are different in his town. “I understand why some people from the outside may see this as a little bit odd,” said Chief John Dyer, referring to Shooters Grill. “And the burgers are great.”
Boebert insists that her employees and her customers are safe, saying, “I’m more worried about my cooks getting burnt in the kitchen than a firearm going off in the restaurant.”
And when people do call to tell her they have concerns, she said she remains polite.
“People call in all the time and tell me that this is not normal where they are, and they would never patronize a restaurant like this,” Boebert said. “I say, ‘thank you for your opinion. God bless you.’”