During last night’s “unscripted” CNN Town Hall on gun control, NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch was given the courtesy of expressing her opinion in the spirit of mutual respect. Well, almost.
During a question by Stoneman Douglas student Emma Gonzalez, the attendees screamed and heckled her, calling Loesch “a murderer,” as CNN moderator Jake Tapper kept quiet.
Gonzales’ prepared statement, which CNN *may or may not have* approved, or given her:
Alright. Dana Loesch, I want to know that we will support your two children in the way that 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?
First, Loesch responded by encouraging young people to speak up: “I don’t think that anyone should deny you your voice or deny you your position because you are young” which however quickly drew booing from the crowd.
She continued: “I don’t believe that this insane monster should have ever been able to obtain a firearm. Ever” and said “I do not think that he should have gotten his hands on any kind of weapon.”
As the angry crowd grew louder, Loesch twice interjected “let me answer the question” adding “you can shout me down when I’m finished, but let me answer Emma’s question,” to which someone shouted “You’re a murderer!”
Loesch’s attempt to discuss strengthening background checks drew even more cries of “Murderer!”
LOESCH: We had three lawmakers on this stage and only one of them hinted at reinforcing the background check system. It is only as good as the records submitted to it. Only one of them even got anywhere close to mentioning that. We have to have more than 38 states submit records. That’s number one.
HECKLER #1: Murderer!
HECKLER #2: You’re a murderer!