Earlier this week, NRA spokesperson and conservative firebrand, Dana Loesch, was attacked during a staged CNN town hall that was marketed as an event that would allow open dialogue to discuss solutions, following the mass shooting by a mentally unstable 19-year-old former student at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students were killed.
Loesch told conservatives in the audience at CPAC the next morning: “You heard that town hall last night, they cheered the confiscation of firearms,” “And it was over 5K people. 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.”
CNN’s highly orchestrated town hall event, with scripted questions, and hand chosen participants, ended up looking more like the Salem witch trials for NRA supporters, than a venue designed to find honest solutions to an increase in violence in our schools by mentally unstable people.
Loesch called out the “legacy media” and CNN specifically, telling them, “many in legacy media love mass shootings.” She looked directly at the media who were covering the CPAC event at the back of the room, and told them, “You guys love it.” She went on to say, “Now, I’m not saying you love the tragedy, I am saying you love the ratings. Crying white mothers are ‘ratings gold’ to you.”
Loesch asked CNN why they’re not hosting town halls for the thousands of grieving black mothers in Chicago? Loesch also asked CNN “Where’s the town halls for sanctuary cities?” Loesch then looked directly into the eyes of the reporters at the back of the room and asked, “Where was the voice of those junior ROTC members last night, CNN?” Loesch was referring to Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School junior ROTC member Colton Haab, who said he was asked by CNN to ask a question at the Town Hall CNN and decided not to after the network gave him a “scripted question,” instead of letting him use his own question.
Loesch blasted the media for trying to pin the Parkland tragedy on lawful gun owners and the NRA: “We will not be gaslighted into thinking we are responsible for the tragedy! We had nothing to do with it. It is not our job to follow up on red flags, not our job to make sure states are reporting!”
Loesch ended her emotional rant with an admonishment to the press for failing to identify who let those kids down in Parkland, Florida, by reminding the media and the packed room of conservatives at CPAC, “Failure of law enforcement is not a failure of the law; it is a failure of enforcement.”