The NRA’s Spokeswoman, Dana Loesch, is not known for being an honest woman. I feel like that’s a bit of an understatement, but let’s begin this piece with that, and maybe an infographic from PolitiFact:
That’s not a hundred percent False, but it is zero percent True. So now that we’re all starting from the same set of basic facts, have a look at her latest bullshit, brought on by the student response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas massacre, the deadliest mass shooting ever to take place at an American high school in history.
After the event, as everyone has now seen, the survivors banded together into what can only be described as the most inspirational group of kids since I don’t know, the Goonies or something. All I know is, America loves these kids, including some pretty famous Americans:
Young people have helped lead all our great movements. How inspiring to see it again in so many smart, fearless students standing up for their right to be safe; marching and organizing to remake the world as it should be. We’ve been waiting for you. And we’ve got your backs.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 22, 2018
But the NRA — and Dana Loesch — definitely do not. These young women and men represent an impediment to the one thing that is most important to them in all the world: Selling people more guns.
So when Ms. Loesch took the stage at CPAC 2018, the meeting grounds for every horrible idea brought to you by the people who brought you Donald Trump, she was understandably upset — the “legacy” media, as she calls it, was paying just a little too much attention to these kids, and not enough to the people she thinks they should be paying attention to. So she did what conservatives do best. She took something that belonged to someone else, gave it a different meaning, and used it for her own purpose.
After the shooting, Douglas senior Emma Gonzalez gave a speech in front of a huge crowd, calling out politicians who take the NRA’s money in exchange for votes, telling them “We call BS!”
It’s about halfway through that video, and the whole thing is worth watching, if you can choke back the tears of pride at how strong these students are.
But then Dana Loesch took that sentiment and appropriated it for the very villains that Emma was calling out in her speech, saying “I call BS!”
In that video, it’s near the end. That’s because Dana KNEW what a powerful statement it was — she saved it all the way until the end of her disgusting diatribe, in which she pretends to care about grieving black mothers or the opinions of anyone who thinks maybe banning assault weapons would be a good way to get mass shootings at least back down to the level they were at while assault weapons were banned.
You’re gross, Dana. You’re gross, and these kids know it. You’ll never steal their fire, and you can never steal their words.
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