(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) says she felt shocked and violated to return home after Memorial Day weekend to a vandalized house, spray painted with obscenities and antifa symbols.
Shortly after that, Mace tweeted that she'd bought another firearm -- "this one to carry."
"I will tell you that I learned that it's very empowering to know that I can defend myself and my family and my beliefs if I have to," Mace told "Fox & Friends First" on Tuesday:
And so, it was a critical decision. And I got my permit at the end of the year but didn't feel the need to use it, until someone showed up on my front steps.
And I'm glad and grateful I have the opportunity to carry a gun just about wherever I go. It's important. But the biggest thing for me is feeling safe and feeling empowered.
Mace said her car was vandalized when she was running for Congress -- "but until those individuals show up at your house it really -- it doesn't feel as real.
"And when that happened I just -- I was shocked. My neighbors were shocked, and worse, my kids were shocked about it, and it doesn't feel good when you have to look over your shoulder every day worried about what might happen next."
Mace said her two children, both middle school age, are worried about their safety: "We've had to change our lifestyle quite a bit since it happened to feel safer, but they get it, they understand and they understand that mom's got an important job and she's not going to be threatened; and I want to protect myself and my family and that I won't be intimidated. These are tough lessons to learn and they are learning them right now."
Mace also said the Democrats' gun-control agenda "isn't going to fly with most of America," especially given the recent spike in crime:
“Republicans will be running on inflation and tax increases by the left, and they'll be running on the violence we've seen over the course of the last year, and Jillian, that you mentioned earlier on the program -- that the numbers that have spiked over the last 12 months, the violence all across the country, in cities small and large across the country.
“And the Biden administration's answer to that is gun-control, which isn't going to fly with most of America, with families like myself that want to protect themselves from the increase in violence -- the worst thing we could do is make our laws tougher for legal law abiding citizens to be able to legally obtain a firearm to protect themselves and their families. That's not going to fly with the American people," Mace said.