On Wednesday night, on the one week anniversary of the Stoneman Douglas High shooting, CNN held a town hall event with survivors of the shooting, families of those lost, lawmakers and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch. During the event, Loesch was asked tough questions and booed a lot. The teenagers who started the Never Again movement had no patience for her nonsense talking points, but they had a dialogue and then she left. That was the end of it….except it wasn’t.
On Thursday during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Loesch accused the shooting survivors of trying to attack her town hall:
I had to have a security detail to get out. I wouldn’t have been able to exit that if I didn’t have a private security detail there were people rushing the stage and screaming ‘burn her.’ And I came there to talk solutions, and I still am going to continue that conversation on solutions as the NRA has been doing [since] before I was alive.
Yeah, that’s a lie. Students who were at the event called Loesch out for lying about them. One student named Natasha said,”As someone who was there front row, the crowd was not cheering ‘burn her’ as she walked off stage. We yelled “shame on you” instead. Why does she insist on lying? Does she and the NRA feel threatened by us?” Another student, Michelle, posted a video of Loesch leaving the venue with a caption that said,”We use words not weapons”:
We use words not weapons pic.twitter.com/QdUKLujm2k
— Michelle (@hope4tigers) February 22, 2018
This is how desperate the NRA is to push their narrative that these children are somehow a danger to the common American. Loesch wanted the CPAC crowd to believe that the Never Again teens want to seize their guns so they have no protection from kids like them. She didn’t care if she was lying, no more than NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre cared that he was lying when he called the kids “opportunists.” Unfortunately, what neither of them counted on is how tech-savvy these teenagers are. These young men and women grew up with social media. They know how to debunk bullshit in real time. They take videos all day long, so they have evidence to support their claims. The Stoneman Douglas students are not going to be intimidated by the NRA like the generations before them.
The next time Loesch and the NRA want to lie about someone, she should probably pick a weaker target because these teens will not allow themselves to be scapegoats for America’s terrorist organization.