Republican Steve Stockman Wants To Arm Embryos

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For a brief second, Twitter was a calmer and safer place, what with the suspension of his @SteveStockmanTX account. Alas, the most embarrassing Republican in Texas (a high bar to clear!) is back to cluttering the interwebz with his special brand of crazy at @ReElectStockman.

Today, Stockman managed to touch on the hot-button issues of gun violence prevention and women's health, suggesting that we can solve both problems by arming those in utero:

On the face of it, Stockman's statement is absurd. I'm not sure how he thinks women can get a gun past their cervix, and he can't really think that fetuses who have not yet reached the point of viability would be able to “shoot” their way out of a uterus. It's hard to pull a trigger if you haven't developed hands, but I digress.

The worst part of this is that Stockman seems to be tacitly condoning violence against pregnant women, and pregnant women who choose abortion — as remains their right in this United States of America.

Physical abuse of women during pregnancy is all too common — the March of Dimes reports that 1 in 6 pregnant women have been abused during their pregnancy.

Arming more women isn't the answer either — more guns put more women in danger. For every woman who uses a gun in self defense, 83 women are killed by an intimate partner.

Bottom line: we don't need more guns, and we don't need more attacks on women's reproductive freedoms. And we CERTAINLY don't need more Steve Stockman. He's an embarrassment to Texas.


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Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Central Texas. She is also a fan of UCONN women's basketball and breakfast tacos.


  1. Honestly
    he simply observed all of the media attention Barry Smitherman received in the last 24 hours, realized it was Friday, and that Joe Barton had already out-Gohmerted him this week.

    So he had to act fast (and loose).

    • The Competition
      must be fierce to Tweet and Retweet like a racist.

      “Tweeting” political views (bizarre or otherwise) should not be an acceptable use of the salary we pay Barry Smitherman! However, he seems to be the favorite TX Republican to head up Texas agencies with this Job Description: Sit in Chairman's office 9-4. Tweet 9-12. Lunch Break (Tweeting Continues). Return from Lunch. Tweet 1-4 with 2 15-minute Tweeting breaks.

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