(NationRise.com) – Three armed assailants carjacked Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) at gunpoint on Monday in Washington, DC. The incident occurred around 9:30 p.m. in the Naval Yard district where Cuellar resides. He was not injured. His car and phone have since been recovered by Capitol Police, who are working with the FBI in pursuing leads.
This is not the first time a congressional representative has been attacked in Washington, DC, in 2023. Another Democrat, Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN), was also assaulted in her apartment complex earlier this year. She suffered minor injuries.
Senator Mitch McConnel (R-KY) responded to the incident by discussing DC’s growing crime problem. According to McConnell, the city now averages two carjackings each day.
Gun violence in DC continues to rise even as the city’s far-left leaders impose restrictive gun control measures. Vehicle thefts have also increased by nearly 50% in 2023, continuing a five-year upward trend.
Democrat Mayor Muriel Bowser has faced scrutiny for the increased violence in her city, including questioning by congressional GOP lawmakers. She has responded by publicly targeting gun rights and promising to make it more difficult for suspects to be released while waiting for their trial. She especially wants more restrictions for suspects with mental illness or those who target city workers.
Cuellar has a history of opposing gun rights. He used last year’s school shooting in Uvalde, TX, as a pretext to support the Safer Communities Act. The law seeks to increase funding for red flag laws and expand federal firearms license requirements.
Despite his support for additional gun control laws, Cuellar claims he is an “ardent” 2nd Amendment supporter and would never support legislation to take away firearms. However, red flag laws are specifically designed to allow police officers to forcefully take an American’s firearms without due process. In most cases, a claim from a disgruntled acquaintance is sufficient grounds to have a law-abiding citizen’s rights violated. Those Americans must then go through a legal process to reclaim their property.
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