Rep. Gohmert: If Orlando Was About Guns, Then 'Boston Was About a Pressure Cooker'

By Susan Jones | June 24, 2016 | 6:55 AM EDT

In this image from video provided by House Television, House Speaker Paul Ryan stands at the podium as he brings the House into session Wednesday night, June 22, 2016. Rebellious Democrats staged an extraordinary all-day sit-in on the House floor to demand votes on gun-control bills, shouting down Ryan when he attempted to restore order as their protest stretched into the night. (House Television via AP)

(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) called it "outrageous" that House Democrats would grab microphones and prevent fellow lawmakers from conducting business in violation of House rules, all to make a point about gun control, which is really beside the point, he said:

"And when people go on for 12 hours, saying things, 'It's about guns,' then that means Boston was about a pressure cooker. It wasn't. Both of them were about radical Islam," Gohmert told Fox News's Charles Payne.

"And the reason people died unnecessarily is because this FBI, this Justice Department, this Homeland Security has purged their training materials, so FBI agents don't know what questions to ask to find out if Mateen [Orlando attacker] or Tsarnaev [Boston attacker] had been radicalized.

"In fact, Charles, it's even worse," Gohmert continued. "There was an article that came out that indicated that CAIR, Council on American-Islamic Relations, identified as a co-conspirator in supporting terrorism in the Holy Land Foundation, that their lawyer sat in while the FBI interviewed a person of interest in that mosque.

"That would be like the mob having their lawyer sit in while the FBI was interrogating, questioning somebody that might be a whistle-blower in the mob. You don't let that happen. So the FBI, the Justice Department is in major problems. They can't protect us because they don't know what to look for."

Gohmert called it "one of the great ironies" that civil rights activist John Lewis (D-Ga.), "a true legend" is now "using 'We Shall Overcome' and all this other stuff to try to take away a Second Amendment, a civil right under our Constitution. It just doesn't fit," he added.

Gohmert also said he objected to Republicans who wanted to ignore the Democrats' disruptive behavior:

"There have been a couple of canings over the history of the Congress. There have been shouting matches, but to have one party take over and deprive another party under the rules of their rights to speak on the House floor, their rights to go forward, grabbing microphones and preventing the other side from having those microphones when we tried to go into session, it was really outrageous. And some of our folks were saying...look, let's just ignore them.

"No. We're in the right here."