(USA Features) Freshman GOP Congresswoman Nancy Mace said she is carrying a gun and now goes to the range about once per week to practice after getting death threats and seeing her South Carolina home vandalized.
In an interview Monday with Fox News, Mace said she was awakened by a phone call from police on Memorial Day.
“They wanted to know if I was home, and if I knew my house had been vandalized,” said Mace.
She wasn’t. At the time, she was out of town when a vandal or group of vandals allegedly spray-painted anarchist symbols in black on her property.
“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,” said Mace.
She noted that police are still investigating the incident, which included spray-painted statements like, “F**k you Nancy” and “all politicians are bastards.” The graffiti was removed by crews the day it happened, she added.
A week later, Mace posted took to her personal Twitter page and posted: “Buying another firearm. This one to carry.”
“I now go to the gun range almost weekly to practice shooting,” she said.
The freshman Republican noted that it isn’t the first time she has been a target.
She said that in October 2020, about a month before she narrowly defeated incumbent Democratic Rep. Joe Cunningham, she reported to police that her car had been keyed. Later, after getting death treats in December, she obtained a concealed carry permit.
“It doesn’t feel good that I feel like I have to look behind my shoulder every day. It doesn’t feel safe,” said Mace. “I carry a gun wherever I go today. Wherever I’m allowed to, I do carry.”
She told the outlet that her kids weren’t home, either, when the incident happened.
“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,” said Mace, the first woman to graduate from The Citadel military academy. “I think it’s one of the most empowering things that you can do is to be able to defend yourself.”
In the days after the graffiti incident, she said some social media users claimed she did it herself.
“There was no empathy, there was only let’s re-victimize her,” said Mace.
“I challenge anybody, if I did this, please send the evidence to the FBI, and please charge me with a crime. I dare you to because the evidence just doesn’t exist out there,” she said.
“And it’s crazy to me that this is where we are in this country, you’re seeing the downfall of civility on social media because of this,” she added.
(Credit: Fox News)