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13 August 2017, 09:39 | Jodi Jackson
Misfire: Democratic Rep Calls Dana Loesch a Threat to National Security
The Congresswoman was responding to Loesch's reply to a tweet August 9, which had asked the gun rights body's spokeswoman why the NRA had remained silent when an armed black man, Philando Castile, was shot dead in Minnesota by a policeman in 2016, despite following safety rules. We can't ignore that. Castile was shot and killed by a Minnesota police officer during a traffic stop after he told the officer he had a license to carry a gun.
Wait.for real? I'm a paying member of the NRA and that makes me a domestic security threat? Wow. Within seconds of alerting the officer, Castile was fatally shot.
"I am not a domestic threat!" she told fill-in host Mark Steyn.
Loesch then challenged the Democrat that not only threatened her right to free speech but endangered her and her family. "What is she going to do, arrest us?".
"I only have one question for Congresswoman Rice: is she coming to arrest me?" she asked. "You can disagree with people on firearms law and everything else, but to accuse someone of being a domestic threat, particularly when she is a sitting Congress member, that is something else entirely".
"A spokesperson for Rep Rice counters that the NRA is ".actively encouraging violence against political activists and the free press.
The fact that Castile was in legal possession of the firearm caused an uproar at the time; where was the NRA to defend a gun-owning American who had followed all of the rules, but died anyway?
Conservatives and gun-rights supporters, however, accused Rice of labeling the NRA's entire membership a general threat to the country.
Loesch's Twitter screed isn't the first time Castile's marijuana use has been offered up as a justification for his death.
Kathleen Rice, a Democrat representing Long Island, has been doing battle with an NRA spokeswoman on Twitter over the organization's blatant hypocrisy over the group's silence on the Philando Castille case. Last week, Rice called the NRA "lunatics" and "a disgrace to the Constitution they claim to defend".
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