N.H. House committee debates pearl necklaces, decorum
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A decision by some male members of the House Criminal Justice committee last month to wear pearl necklaces at a hearing on firearms kicked off an explosive controversy that proved impossible to contain.
Accusations flew that the pearls, worn by pro-gun legislators, were meant to mock gun violence victims who testified before lawmakers. Countercharges of politically-motivated misinterpretation followed suit. And a swirling tempest of national headlines and television segments, vitriolic emails and social media posts kept the committee on the backfoot and feelings of animosity high.