A South Carolina congresswoman is stocking up on firearms and taking target practice after her home was vandalized.
Rep. Nancy Mace said she decided to carry a weapon after a Memorial Day incident when profanity and anarchist symbols were scrawled in spray paint on her Charleston property, according to Fox News.
“It doesn’t feel good that I feel like I have to look behind my shoulder every day. It doesn’t feel safe,” the Republican freshman lawmaker told the network. “I carry a gun wherever I go today. Wherever I’m allowed to, I do carry.”
The vandal or vandals reportedly wrote personal attacks such as “f—k you Nancy,” and “all politicians are bastards,” the outlet reported.
“When they show up to your house, and physically just, you know, try to destroy it with graffiti, it’s personal and it’s invasive and it’s violating, and it doesn’t feel good.”
A week after the vandalism Mace posted on Twitter “Buying another firearm. This one to carry,” accompanied by a photo of the 43-year-old at a gun store.
The congresswoman got a concealed weapons permit in December after her car was keyed and she received death threats, the article said.
Mace, the first woman to graduate from The Citadel, grew up with guns in her home and is now teaching her children how to use them, she told the outlet.
“When this happened, it really changed everything for me. I’m not going to live in fear, and I’m not going to be intimidated,” Mace reportedly said. “I think it’s one of the most empowering things that you can do is to be able to defend yourself.”
Her campaign has reportedly used the vandalism incident to raise money.
“Did you see what Antifa did to my house?,” was the subject line of a June 3 email to supporters, the article said.
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