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By: CORTNEY WEIL | April 03, 2023


Screenshot of Wyoming government website (Featured: Karlee Provenza, House Minority Whip)

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Just days after a woman who identified as transgender gunned down six people at a Christian elementary school in Nashville, Tennessee, a state representative in Wyoming has implicitly called for more gun violence against those who oppose the agenda of “trans folks.”

Over the weekend, Wyoming state Rep. Karlee Provenza (D-Laramie), the state House’s 33-year-old Democrat minority whip, posted a controversial graphic to her Facebook account, @Provenza4Wyoming. The image depicts an elderly woman named “Auntie Fa” carrying a rifle in the name of protecting “trans folks against fascists & bigots.”

“Auntie Fa” is a coded reference to Antifa, the far-left activist group known for using violence to intimidate others in cities like Portland and Seattle and now even Atlanta. The Auntie Fa image that Provenza posted is taken from Off Color Decals, a company that sells “Merch and Firearms Accessories for the Left,” according to its website.

Though Provenza has apparently since deleted the post, Republicans in Wyoming and across the country have condemned its content as well as its timing. It was posted less than a week after the horrific shooting at the Covenant School in Nashville, where three children and three adults were murdered by a woman who identified as a transgender man.

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“Not even one week after a radical transgender activist slaughtered 6 Christians, including 3 children, a Wyoming Legislator for HD45 shares a disgusting call for further violence,” the Wyoming Freedom Caucus tweeted on Sunday. “The Wyoming Legislature’s House Minority Whip should be ashamed of herself.”

Provenza, who was first elected to the state House in 2020, initially ran as a moderate. She was reportedly first approached to run for public office as a Republican, and in a post on her Facebook account from October 2020, she promised to protect gun rights. “Guns are part of our heritage and lifestyle in Wyoming,” Provenza wrote, claiming that gun violence “won’t be solved by letting the government take people’s guns away without due process.”

Since she was elected, Provenza has governed as an extremist, repeatedly advocating against abortion restrictions and condemning a local church leader for exercising his First Amendment rights at the University of Wyoming.

According to Fox News and the Cowboy State Daily, Provenza did not respond to requests for comment on the Auntie Fa post.

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