Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York criticized Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, an outspoken gun-rights advocate, due to a shooting at a Colorado Springs LGBTQ bar.
A gunman killed five people and 18 others suffered injuries at a Colorado Springs bar Saturday night before two people tackled the gunman and held him until police arrived, CNN reported.
At least two people were in critical condition at one local hospital.
“@laurenboebert you have played a major role in elevating anti-LGBT+ hate rhetoric and anti-trans lies while spending your time in Congress blocking even the most common sense gun safety laws,” Ocasio-Cortez posted on Twitter.
“You don’t get to ‘thoughts and prayers’ your way out of this,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “Look inward and change.”
Boebert, one of the most conservative members of the House of Representatives who narrowly won re-election, tweeted her sympathies after the “absolutely awful” shooting.
“The news out of Colorado Springs is absolutely awful,” Boebert said. “This morning the victims & their families are in my prayers. This lawless violence needs to end and end quickly.”
Critics of Boebert highlighted a June 6 tweet where the Colorado representative criticized taking children to drag shows, some of which have seen drag queens dance to music with explicit lyrics.
“Take your children to CHURCH, not drag bars,” Boebert tweeted.
Boebert rose to prominence when she confronted then-Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, who was calling for a ban on certain semi-automatic rifles, at a September 2019 town hall. She later defeated then-Republican Rep. Scott Tipton on June 30, 2020, primary election en route to winning her first term in the House of Representatives.