The NRA’s Dana Loesch was savaged by a crowd during a CNN town hall event regarding the horrific florida shooting that left 17 people dead. The topic of the town hall was gun control.
Loesch opened her appearance by taking a question from Emma Gonzalez, one of the more outspoken students calling for gun control in the wake of the last week’s shooting that left 17 dead at her South Florida high school.
The NRA spox first thanked Gonzalez and her peers for speaking out, before declaring “I don’t believe that this insane monster should ever have been able to obtain a firearm. Ever. I do not think that he should have gotten his hands on any weapon.”
As Loesch began to speak on the issue of mental health, the heckling kicked off.
“Let me answer the question,” Loesch told the rowdy crowd. “You can shout me down when I’m finished but let me answer Emma’s question.Audience members continued to shout at Loesch as she defended the NRA’s position against gun control. More than once, someone interrupted Loesch by shouting, “You’re a murderer!”
The audience was on its feet later when Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel called out Loesch’s position.
“You just told this group of people that you are standing up for them,” Israel said. “You’re not standing up for them until you say, ‘I want less weapons.’” Israel ‘s comment was met with a standing ovation. See the exchange below.
Broward County 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/1NIJn0thi9
— Alex Hooper (@alex__hooper) February 22, 2018
And then, after Loesch took a swipe at CNN for not covering certain legislation preventing mentally ill people from obtaining firearms, loud boos erupted.
“You guys, if I can’t hear her statement I can’t come up with a rebuttal,” Gonzalez said.
“Do you guys want to stop mentally insane individuals from getting firearms?” Loesch asked the crowd. The heckling continued.