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This week, Dana Loesch, a spokesperson for the National Rifle Association, spoke at a town hall meeting in Florida following last week’s fatal shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Loesch countered that CNN allowed her and other pro-gun people to be smeared as “child murderers”, though Camerota insisted they never did any such thing.
“The shooter at our school obtained weapons that he used on us legally”. I’m fighting for you. He said he pushed for a $50-million-a-year threat-assessment fund so states could identify people who could potentially commit mass shootings, and stop them.
“I’m very careful about how I use this feed, the podium, a microphone or the public square”. And I am on the stage as a result of that.
The debate over how much culpability to apply to gun-advocacy groups like the NRA has been fraught and largely unresolved, even as mass-shootings have increased in regularity in the US. “It’s terrible. Barely a week ago, but I really want to have that discussion as to what we can do to stop this in the future”. “This individual was nuts”.
Haab said that’s why he decided not to attend the town hall. And then it turned out to be more of just a script, ‘ Haab told Carlson.
She also claimed gun-control advocates tend to be politically liberal and consider President Donald Trump an unacceptably authoritarian leader. According to Nikolaz Cruz’s neighbors, the teen’s disturbing behavior was reported to the police 30 times.
The FBI also admitted it mishandled a tip-off it was given from a person close to Cruz who was concerned over his intentions.
Gonzalez had to ask the audience to be quiet. She criticized “flawed” background check systems, though the NRA on its website states that it opposes expanding those systems. “How was he able to pass a background check?”
After telling the audience that she saw the body of one of her murdered students, history teacher Diane Wolk Roger pointedly asks Loesch to define a “well-regulated militia”.
“I think that all life should be protected, that’s why next week there’s going to be good guys with guns that are going to be in schools protecting lives, just as there’s armed security here”, she said.
So far, none of Loesch’s answers were actually about semi-automatic weapons or bump stocks.
What Loesch said next propelled a Twitter tidal wave.
Later another survivor, Cameron Kasky, slammed the spokeswoman while he was questioning Sen.
Senator Marco Rubio: “The answer to the question is that people buy into my agenda”. “Said her age & looks would make 1 side hate her & 1 love her so everyone would watch”. “Maybe she avoids those”.
The town-hall style event hosted by CNN’s Jake Tapper follows days of heated discourse over gun rights in America.
The spokeswoman’s response was unsatisfactory.
Other opponents of arming school faculty included fellow Parkland survivor Alfonso Calderon and Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, who both said it was not a teacher’s duty to wield weapons in schools. “So Dana, why would you say – why would you make a statement like that?”
Loesch said the media loves mass shootings because they deliver ratings.