Student Emma Gonzalez: Do you believe it should be harder to obtain semi-automatic weapons?
— CNN (@CNN) February 22, 2018
NRA shill Dana Loesch took a break from warning gunhumping Americans that they need to be ready to shoot all the scary liberals and teachers and antifas who want to kill them — but only if absolutely necessary — so she could attend CNN’s Town Hall on guns last night. She wore her human mask, and mostly kept it on for the visit. Pity she missed Cameron Kasky’s brilliant snub, “I would ask her how she can look in the mirror […] but maybe she avoids those.”
The video up top shows Loesch taking a question from Marjory Stoneman Davis High School student Emma Gonzalez about whether anyone really needs a semiautomatic assault rifle, the preferred tool of mass shooters. Loesch was even rather civil to Gonzalez, before sidestepping her question:
Gonzalez: I want you to know that we will support your two children in the way that we will not — you will not. The shooter at our school obtained weapons that he used on us legally. Do you believe that it should be harder to obtain the semi-automatic and — weapons and the modifications for these weapons to make them fully automatic like bump stocks?
Loesch: Well first off Emma, I want to applaud you for standing up and speaking out. And for anyone who has ever criticized you or any of these students up here, including people who have been on my side of this issue, I don’t think that anyone should deny you your voice or deny you your position because you are young.
Then it was time for the answer, which had very little to do with semiautomatic rifles:
I don’t believe that this insane monster should have ever been able to obtain a firearm, ever. I do not think that he should have gotten his hands on any kind of weapon. That’s number one.
This individual was nuts and I, nor the millions of people that I represent as a part of this organization, that I’m here speaking for, none of us support people who are crazy, who are a danger to themselves, who are a danger to others, getting their hands on a firearm.
And, we have been, for over 20 years, and I have been screaming about this, which is why I’m here, because I have kids and I’m not just fighting for my kids, I’m fighting for you, I’m fighting for you, I’m fighting for all of you.
See? She’s a very nice lady, fighting for all the kids to make sure no crazy people get their hands on guns, and strengthening the background check system to make sure no one slips through the cracks. Loesch even chastised CNN for not reporting enough on problems with the background checks. Yep, just toughen up the background checks and everything will be great.
Not quite mentioned: One of the first bills Donald Trump signed rescinded an Obama rule requiring the background check list to include people declared seriously mentally ill by the Social Security Administration.battle against closing the gun show loophole, or the NRA-backed insistence that even incremental improvements in reporting requirements be linked to a wholly unrelated expansion of concealed carry permitting nationwide.
But crazy people should never have guns. Never mind that the shooter at MSD High was never involuntarily committed, adjudicated mentally ill, or convicted of a crime that would have gotten him into the background check system. And while we’re at it, most people with mental illnesses are not violent.
Also not mentioned: Domestic violence. When there’s a gun in the home, it’s five time more likely a domestic violence incident will end in a murder. Those domestic abusers are seldom adjudicated mentally ill. Worse, a domestic violence conviction may or may not make it onto the national database. If it’s a felony, it has to be reported. Misdemeanor domestic violence? Some states report, some don’t. And Florida allows folks with misdemeanor DV raps to buy guns, and even get a concealed carry permit three years after the end of their sentence.
Then a history teacher at Stoneman Douglas, Diane Wolf Rogers, had a question for Loesch: Just what is a “well-regulated militia,” and in what conceivable way is a troubled 19-year-old with an assault rifle “well-regulated”?
Teacher Diane Wolk Rogers asks the NRA spokeswoman to explain how she defines a “well-regulated militia” and how “an 18-year-old with a military rifle is well-regulated”
Loesch: “He should have been barred from getting a firearm” #StudentsStandUp https://t.co/EShEaDC2Sm
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) February 22, 2018
Now, here’s my question. I’m a history teacher. I ask my students to define terms for me. So I’d like you to define something for me, because I’ve wondered about it and I want to know. What is your definition of a “well-regulated” militia, as stated in the Second Amendment? […]
And using supporting detail, explain to me how an 18-year-old with a military rifle is well-regulated. And the world — our country, our nation — is gonna grade your answer.
We love Ms. Rogers for asking that in the form of a teacher question, actually. And for telling the crowd to hush up and let her ask her question.
Loesch, again, made nods toward empathy for Rogers, then got to the NRA-approved answer:
George Mason was one of the founders. And he said, “The militia is the whole of the people.” It’s every man. It’s every woman. That is who the militia is.
In the context of the time, a “well-regulated militia” meant an American man, an American woman, a citizen of the United States of America who could operate and service their firearm.
Also, she has George Mason over Villanova in her March Madness bracket. Fine, and thank you for your historical context. But please elaborate:
Rogers: How, now, is an 18-year-old with a military assault rifle “well-regulated”? Use supporting detail.
Loesch: Right. He’s not — he’s not — he shouldn’t have been able to get a firearm. He should have been barred from getting a firearm.
And then she was right back to the mental illness stuff again. The question isn’t how letting 18-year-olds buy what’s essentially a combat weapon (yes, gun humpers, it’s not fully automatic, now shut up), the question is only about making sure only perfectly sane 18-year olds have combat weapons.
In a later exchange, Loesch said it would be terrible to restrict sales of long guns to those 21 and up, because if someone’s old enough to vote they’re old enough to start collecting an arsenal, and besides, do you want college girls to be raped because they can’t have a shotgun in their apartment? (We’re paraphrasing, but only slightly.) Loesch made it through the segment without unhinging her jaw and devouring anyone, and was booed into the commercial break.
This morning, Ms. Loesch had a far friendlier audience, the wingnuts at the annual Conservative Political Action conference (CPAC). There, she explained that news organizations just love the high ratings surge they get when there’s a big mass shooting, especially because the networks are so racist:
did exactly that last year, and besides, everyone knows that “What about Chicago?” is really rightwing code for “black people with guns are scary and we need guns to protect ourselves from the scary blacks.” That’s not new.
Now, I’m not saying that you love the tragedy, but you love the ratings. Crying white mothers are ratings gold to you, and many in the legacy media in the back. And notice I said crying white mothers because there are thousands of grieving crying black mothers in Chicago every weekend, AND YOU DON’T SEE TOWN HALLS FOR THEM, DO YOU?
After the ritual invocation of the evil tyrants who want to take all your guns, Loesch noted that those scary, scary people at the CNN forum posed a direct threat to her life, and it was only thanks to her (presumably armed) bodyguards that she even made it alive out of the town hall:
You heard that town hall last night, they cheered the confiscation of firearms. And it was over 5,000 people. I have 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.”
The poor dear. She really needs to be free to shoot some scary, probably mentally ill, liberals. Why can’t you monsters understand that?