Gop Rep: ‘Guns Are For Men What Jewelry Is For Women’
Iowa Congressman Steve King made the comment when he was a state senator, it was revealed in an interview with TPM. King, seen here on his wedding day in 1972, was apparently forgiven by his wife, Marilyn.
King was no stranger to controversy in the state senate. He once got into a heated debate with a Democrat named Johnie Hammond during a Judiciary Committee meeting about closing the so-called gun show loophole, something he sternly opposed. King interrupted Hammond while she was making a point in favor of the restriction, and said, “You women don’t understand — guns are for men what jewelry is for women.”
Hammond remembers the moment well. King’s wife, Marilyn, whom he married in 1972, “is a gun collector too — so he’s more likely to give her a new gun for Christmas than a new watch or ring,” she says. The two didn’t stay angry at each other for long. “We joked about it enough that he looked for a little gun charm that he could give me to wear on a chain.”
Looking back, King lets out a high-pitched laugh and says, “I think I described that accurately. Yes, guns are to men what jewelry is to women!”[su_csky_ad]