Last night’s CNN town hall shed crucial insight regarding the continuing fight for comprehensive gun control in the country, as mass shooting survivors and victim’s family members were given the opportunity to express their thoughts and ask questions of their representatives. Those present at the meeting included Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL), Representative Ted Deutch (D-FL), as well as local Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. However, perhaps the one guest that stood out as the most controversial was that of National Rifle Association (NRA) spokeswoman Dana Loesch.
Despite being derailed with an array of questions and demands from those advocating stricter gun laws, the NRA spokeswoman consistently clapped back at audience members, attempting to deflect any responsibility for the widespread and ongoing gun violence occurring throughout the country. Loesch has now emerged claiming that the criticism and backlash from meeting attendees went beyond attacks on policy decisions, stating that audience members screamed “burn her” after she finished speaking at the town hall event.
As someone who was there front row, the crowd was not cheering “burn her” as she walked off stage. We yelled “shame on you” instead. Why does she insist on lying? Does she and the NRA feel threatened by us? https://t.co/PM56BosAiy
— natasha (@sighnatasha) February 22, 2018
Although there is no validated evidence to support Loesch’s claim, she remains steadfast that she was verbally attacked at the event, attempting to paint gun control proponents as violent and unstable. According to a report by Independent Journal Review, while speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Thursday morning, Loesch stated that:
‘I had to have a security detail to get out. I wouldn’t have been able to exit that if I did not have a private security detail. There were people rushing the stage and screaming, “burn her.” And I came there to talk solutions, and I still am going to continue that conversation on solutions, as the NRA has been doing since before I was alive.’
However, reports from those in attendance are firing back at her unfounded claims of verbal attacks, stating that no such remarks were shouted at the spokeswoman. Rather, audience members simply chanted “shame on you” at Loesch, for her unwillingness to act and pushing of scripted rhetoric to get through the night.
We use words not weapons pic.twitter.com/QdUKLujm2k
— Michelle (@hope4tigers) February 22, 2018
The attempt by Loesch to play victim, and claim that she attended the event with solutions-based intent, is clearly yet another guise put forward by the detrimental gun lobby. Not only was the NRA spokeswoman constantly firing back at questions asked of her throughout the event, it was clear that the idea of finding a solution likely did not even cross her mind. In Thursday’s speech, Loesch criticized the audience for their support of banning all semi-automatic rifles, and the notion that fewer weapons would provide a more stable and secure community.
— Emanuella Grinberg (@grinsli) February 22, 2018
As the conversation surrounding gun control grows more heated among lawmakers, it is clear that the NRA has no intentions of finding an agreeable solution, but rather aims to stick to their long-held biases. With the gun lobby showing unwavering ignorance to their beliefs, it is now up to members of Congress to put their agendas aside, in order to identify an agreement that allow for safer and more secure communities in the face of ongoing gun violence.
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