NH Legislators Insist Wearing Pearls To Oppose Gun Control Legislation Doesn't Mock Moms With Dead Kids

MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE FOUNDER SHANNON WATTS JOINS OTHER GUN-SAFETY ADVOCATES FOR A NEWS CONFERENCE TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO EXPAND BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR FIREARM SALES IN THE RAYBURN ROOM OF THE U.S. CAPITOL JAN. 8, 2019, IN WASHINGTON.  VIA CBS NEWS

MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE FOUNDER SHANNON WATTS JOINS OTHER GUN-SAFETY ADVOCATES FOR A NEWS CONFERENCE TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO EXPAND BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR FIREARM SALES IN THE RAYBURN ROOM OF THE U.S. CAPITOL JAN. 8, 2019, IN WASHINGTON. VIA CBS NEWS

NH Legislators Insist Wearing Pearls To Oppose Gun Control Legislation Doesn't Mock Moms With Dead Kids

It seems that Republican male legislators in New Hampshire are really taking the gloves off -- wearing pearls to mock moms involved in trying to act against gun violence. The trope of pearl-clutching, easily-offended liberals has a tradition in American politics.

"Male New Hampshire lawmakers on the hearing committee wearing pearls to mock Moms Demand Action volunteers and gun safety advocates," wrote Shannon Watts, founder of the gun control group Moms Demand Action, to describe the picture above.

Her post condemning the men quickly spread, accruing more than 6,000 shares and almost 5,000 comments, writes the BBC.

Debra Altschiller, a Democratic representative who sponsored the bill, tweeted: "Disappointed in the pearl clutching by @NHGOP [New Hampshire Republicans]. There are families who have lost loved ones here and this mocking prop shows how little they empathise with suicide."