Emma Gonzalez and other Parkland, FL shooting survivors laid into the NRA’s Dana Loesch during a dramatic CNN town hall. Watch, here.
The brave survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre were able to come face to face with the NRA’s Dana Loesch during a heated town hall on Feb. 21. CNN aired live the Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action and once again, student Emma Gonzalez was a rock star. She repeatedly grilled Dana with the question, “Do you believe that it should be harder to obtain automatic and semiautomatic weapons?” referring to the AR-15 that Nikolas Cruz used to kill 17 of her classmates and teachers just a few days ago. Dana danced around the topic, claiming that people who are “nuts” and “crazy” shouldn’t be able to get ahold of the weapons like the AR-15. So not only did she talk down to Emma, but she also further enhanced the stigma surrounding mental health.
Even Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel was infuriated with her condescending answer to Emma, telling Dana, “You just told this group of people that you are standing up for them. [But] you’re not standing up for them until you say, ‘I want less weapons.'” Go, Scott! As you may recall, Emma became a national sensation when she delivered an impassioned speech about the need for gun control on Feb. 18. That has helped spark nationwide protests by fellow high schoolers who also want to see the end to school massacres and want our lawmakers to act on gun control.
Dana was grilled by Diana Wolk Rogers, a Douglas High world history teacher about how “an 18-year-old with a military rifle” is well-regulated militia, as defined by the second amendment. The NRA mouthpiece said that the one of our founders believed that the “militia is the whole of the people” while Diana reminded her that was in the context of the times in the 1700’s when people used muskets! Dana simply replied that Cruz shouldn’t have been able to get a gun as people who are “crazy” shouldn’t be able to get firearms. People in the audience angrily yelled “he got it legally” at Dana for her lame response.
CNN’s town hall meeting between Stoneman Douglas student survivors and the NRA, as well as Florida politicians came on the heels of other students protesting at the state capitol in Tallahassee, and some meeting with President Donald Trump and VP Mike Pence. These impassioned students just had to witness the murder of their classmates, teachers, and friends, and are asking for what should be considered the bare minimum in return: stricter laws to ensure that nothing like this ever happens to them or students across the country ever again. Since the beginning of 2018 — barely two months ago — there have been at least eight school shootings in the United States. Enough is enough!
NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch: "This individual was nuts. … None of us support people who are crazy, who are dangerous to themselves, who are a danger to others, getting their hands on a firearm." https://t.co/V50uSV8IiG #StudentsStandUp https://t.co/P5SiokWN3S
— CNN (@CNN) February 22, 2018
Sheriff Scott Israel to NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch: "You just told this group of people that you are standing up for them. You're not standing up for them until you say, 'I want less weapons.'" pic.twitter.com/JEDN5K7DcU
— Axios (@axios) February 22, 2018
A teacher asks the NRA spokeswoman explain how she defines a “well-regulated militia” and how “an 18-year-old with a military rifle" is well-regulated
— CNN (@CNN) February 22, 2018
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