It’s one thing to mislead your idiot RWNJ radio audience every day, Dana, but quite another to take to national television to lie to the grief stricken families of the Stoneman Douglas victims, telling them that for “20 years” the NRA has been backing tougher background checks for people wanting to purchase guns.
“On Wednesday night, CNN hosted a town hall in which students and parents from the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida—the site of last week’s mass shooting—posed questions to several public figures. Most of the night involved tense and emotional but substantive and perhaps even productive exchanges of views, most notably between angry students and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio. (Whether the notoriously slippery Rubio will abide by his avowed newfound support for a number of gun-control measures remains to be seen.) Striking a sour note, however, was National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch, who responded to a question from student Emma Gonzalez with a carefully vague answer that misleadingly implied the NRA has a deep and longstanding commitment to keeping powerful weapons out of the hands of dangerous individuals through background checks:
“”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. Because I don’t want anyone to ever be in this position again. I want everyone to think about this for one second, and this goes right into your question. … This madman passed a background check. How was he able to pass a background check? He was able to pass a background check because we have a system that’s flawed.””
Loesch later continued to suggest that mass shootings occur because our background check system is inadequate:
“”This is the eighth tragedy where we have seen numerous tips that have been reported, and red flags … In Charleston they had to say—they had to come out and say that it was a paperwork error that this individual was a prohibited possessor. In South Carolina you have to be charged with a felony and he shouldn’t have been able to purchase the firearm. The worst school shooting with the murderer in Virginia, this individual was court-ordered to undergo mental health evaluations. And he slipped through the cracks. He would have never been able to purchase if this had been known. This is what I’m talking about in terms of prevention and making sure that people who are dangerous should not have access to firearms.”
Loesh was hanging her blood stained rhetoric on the fact that the NRA is supporting the bipartisan Murphy/Cornyn Fix NIS bill which strengthens background checks, a version of which the House passed in December...after slipping in a provision codifying the NRA’s wet-dream legislation, the “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act” which would require all states to recognize the Concealed Carry permits of all others.
In reality the NRA on numerous occasions in the past has opposed background checks and currently has this posted on their website:
“NRA opposes expanding firearm background check systems, because background checks don’t stop criminals from getting firearms, because some proposals to do so would deprive individuals of due process of law, and because NRA opposes firearm registration.
Background checks don’t necessarily stop criminals from getting firearms. Federal studies have repeatedly found that persons imprisoned for firearm crimes get their firearms mostly through theft, the black market, or family members or friends. Less than one percent get guns at gun shows.”
Here’s Emma Gonzalez being lied to by the NRA’s paid liar.
Thursday, Feb 22, 2018 · 6:27:46 PM +00:00 · durrati
Hat Tip to PJEvans —
This is what the NRA has done for us:
- a 1986 law, the Firearm Owners’ Protection Act, explicitly forbids the government from creating a database of gun owners.
- The Tiahrt amendment, named after Republican congressman Todd Tiahrt, requires the FBI to destroy background check data for firearms within 24 hours. Tiahrt won an NRA award for that one.
- In 1996 the NRA lobbied a Republican-controlled congress into stripping the CDC's funding for gun violence research. The Dickey Amendment forbids the CDC to spend funds "to advocate or promote gun control."
- In 2017 trump signed a law to revoke an Obama-era gun regulation that made it more difficult for those with mental illnesses to acquire guns. The media wasn’t allowed to attend to keep it quiet.
- Last December House republicans passed The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 that would force states with stricter gun laws, such as New York and California, to honor out-of-state permits from states with less restrictive requirements.
- Republicans are trying to pass the NRA-sponsored Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (the SHARE Act), which would loosen restrictions on silencers and deregulate sales of armor-piercing bullets.