Full disclosure, I have had a number of conversations with Dana Loesch via Twitter. And we have had a number of conversations about taxes, civil liberties, national debt, and guns.
I like Dana and respect her knowledge on a number of topics, especially guns. She knows gun laws and statistics like the back of her hand, and many times when I have a question about a state’s gun laws, or the difference between guns, she is my go-to resources. Going into the town hall I knew it would be a tough environment for her, as emotions would be riding high. After watching the town hall (twice) I thought she did as about as good as anyone could have done.
I know many of my Liberal/Progressive friends will look at me funny for that last statement, but when I say she did a good job, I mean she stayed composed and worked to answer the questions of the students/parents/teachers. She didn’t lash out at anyone and she even defended students like Emma Gonzalez who in recent days was criticized by Conservatives/Guns Rights Activists.
And then today happened…
At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) conference Dana said the following,
“Many in legacy media love mass shootings. You guys love it,”
“Now I’m not saying that you love the tragedy. But I am saying that you love the ratings. Crying white mothers are ratings gold to you and many in the legacy media in the back (of the room).”
“And notice I said ‘crying white mothers’ because there are thousands of grieving black mothers in Chicago every weekend, and you don’t see town halls for them, do you?”
“Where’s the CNN town hall for Chicago? Where’s the CNN town hall for sanctuary cities?”
I understand what Dana is trying to say here but this made me cringe. As I stated earlier the night before Dana remained composed, and IMO we need more of that in these conversations as we have too many people talking AT each other instead of TO each other. Instead the image of Dana from this point on will be the following…
Dana will be called unhinged, and one of the most important points made during the town hall Wednesday will be missed. Dana brought up the point that only 38 states are providing less than 80% of felony convictions to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). This is critical as the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) uses data from the NCIC to approve background checks for gun purchases.
It will not matter how many laws you put in place for gun control, if the background checks system doesn’t have all the information it needs to do the job it supposed to do.
Dana is right that no one talks about the flaws with NICS, the day after the town hall no one wrote about it or spoke about it. But she also added to the distraction with her CPAC speech.
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!