Monday, October 16, 2017


NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch says she's getting death threats:
Radio host and NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch said she's had to pack up her belongings in garbage bags and leave her home over threats from gun control advocates and other opponents.

Loesch said she and her family, including her young children, have received threats over her role in the National Rifle Association in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre.

She told Martha MacCallum it's been difficult to sell her home "conventionally" through open houses and a realtor when she's received such vile threats.
Some of you probably think this is a publicity stunt. But I'll take Loesch at her word.

I loathe Loesch and I loathe the NRA. But threatening the woman or her family is completely unjustified.

On the other hand, when I dig through some of Loesch's old press clips, I find that she used to talk as if her guns allowed her to laugh at threats like this:
Speaking at the Bullets & Bourbon confab, the comely conservative commentator’s timing was immaculate, her off-hand one-liners withering and her shtick superlative. Re: death threats and stalkers: “They’re the ones with the problem,” she asserted.
Meaning what?
“My husband and I are like Michael Gross and Reba McIntyre in Tremors.”
Tremors is a 1990 sci-fi movie about people being attacked by vicious subterranean worms; in the scene in question, Gross and McIntyre use a wall full of firearms to blast a killer worm to smithereens.

Loesch's point: Death threats? Stalkers? Try pulling any funny stuff and taste hot lead. Loesch isn't afraid of you. You should be afraid of Loesch.

Except that now Loesch is afraid. She's so afraid that she turned to the authorities.
But, she praised the FBI and local law enforcement for their help during the situation.

Loesch usually mocks people who use private security:
Loesch said the anti-Second Amendment jokes are told by celebrities who often have armed security guards to protect them.

"Why don't you give up the firearms that your private security is holding?" she said. "You're not being more virtuous just because you're paying someone else to carry it. You're outsourcing it because you lack the courage of your own convictions."
Even though she's admitted to using private security in the past:
Clearly, Loesch is not comfortable without a gun. So what does she do when her career takes her to New York City or Washington, D.C., as it often does? ... “I always request security.”
Loesch's notorious recent NRA ad referred to the organization as "freedom's safest place." But she doesn't claim to feel safe now. Loesch used to joke about people who stalked and threatened her. Now she's telling us her arsenal isn't sufficient.

The gun lobby's message is that guns will make you invincible in a dangerous world. Crime? Government tyranny? Say hello to my little friend!

But her arsenal isn't working against threats like this from anonymous randos. It certainly wouldn't be enough to fight off a well-armed government bent on tyranny. So the marketing of guns seems to be based on a lie.

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