NRA Spokeswoman: Media Loves ‘Crying White Mothers’

The NRA’s agenda has always involved racism — here’s where they miss the mark about Chicago and sanctuary cities.

NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch and Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel / REUTERS

National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch tried to deflect the focus away from her organization while speaking at a Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland Thursday night.

“Many in legacy media love mass shootings. You guys love it,” she said. “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.”

“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?” she continued. “Where’s the CNN town hall for Chicago? Where’s the CNN town hall for sanctuary cities?”

If CNN was hosting town halls for tragedies in Chicago and cities with a higher rate of minority shootings, it is unlikely the NRA would show up.

A report released in October by the Chicago Police Department and the mayor’s office found that in 95 percent instances when criminal charges were brought against someone who possessed a gun, that person was not the gun’s “original, lawful purchaser.”

“The data above serves as a reminder of the vast networks involved in the illegal firearm trade. To address the complexities of the illegal gun market, a comprehensive strategy is necessary that focuses upon continued enforcement and oversight on illegal transfers, straw purchasers, and thieves from the initial point of purchase all the way to the secondary illegal market,” the report states.

A “straw purchase” in the case of guns is when one person legally buys a firearm and then illegally sells it to another person.

So what has the NRA done to intervene in straw purchases? A whole lot of nothing — except defend it in the Supreme Court.

In 2014 the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund filed an amicus brief in favor of a man who purchased a gun and sold it to his uncle. In the case, Abramski v. United States, the NRA argued that it was not illegal to purchase a gun on behalf of another person if they would be able to legally purchase it themselves, anyway.

“Congress’ intent was not to prevent transfers of firearms between persons who are both legally entitled to purchase the firearm. Rather, Congress desired to prevent individuals from purchasing firearms on behalf of prohibited persons.”

The Supreme Court ruled against Bruce Abramski. In the majority opinion Justice Elena Kagan wrote: “No piece of information is more important under federal firearms law than the identity of a gun’s purchaser—the person who acquires a gun as a result of a transaction with a licensed dealer.”

The NRA’s agenda has always aligned with racism. As far as sanctuary cities, the NRA has long been an enemy of those, invoking fear of immigrants to push for gun sales. Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the NRA, wrote in a column for the Daily Caller in 2013:

“Latin American drug gangs have invaded every city of significant size in the United States. Phoenix is already one of the kidnapping capitals of the world, and though the states on the U.S./Mexico border may be the first places in the nation to suffer from cartel violence, by no means are they the last.”

“Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Riots. Terrorists. Gangs. Lone criminals. These are perils we are sure to face — not just maybe. It’s not paranoia to buy a gun. It’s survival. It’s responsible behavior, and it’s time we encourage law-abiding Americans to do just that,” he added.

Meanwhile, sanctuary cities and states appear to be doing just fine. Nearly all of the states that have defined themselves as sanctuary states — California, Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon and Vermont, per the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) — have a higher per capita GDP than the national average. And more than half of states that have designated sanctuary cities and/or counties see a better-than-average GDP. For the states that do not have a GDP per capita rate above the national average, they all have less than five sanctuary cities or counties (with the exception of Iowa).

DiversityInc CEO Luke Visconti wrote in a recent column:

“Further, the NRA specializes in creating propaganda to whip up fear – fear of Black and Latino marauders. This is what’s behind their support of Trump. Trump’s hate speech against every minority group feeds right into the fears of scared racist white people who are the president’s core 35 percent support. A perfect circular partnership.”

“It is racism that feeds both desire for guns and refusal to enact logical gun control. And racism is responsible for the massacre of inner city citizens and students in leafy suburbs,” he added.

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  • James Wilhelm

    The NRA acknowledges the lack of media coverage on minority killings and Diversity Inc aligns that with a racist agenda? Not very inclusive and very stereotypical, not qualities I typically associate with Diversity Inc.

  • Vote them out, kids. In a few short years, your kids will be attending school.

    The very same crying white mothers voted that POS and it’s swamp into the white house.

    Think about it.

    • Don’t allow the NRA to sidestep the — well-deserved — criticism and attacks against them by dividing us on the basis of race. People of all races are victimized by the maniacal gun culture the NRA promotes.

  • This is common, we have folks that feel the need to take this off subject, and attempt to redirect focus, or blame elsewhere. This is the exact opposite of what you should be doing to help solve a major issue! These were grade school children, and this tragedy is “not for use” in promoting your agenda, and or damage control purposes. Focus on searching for solutions before the next idiot decides to shoot up a school, or church!

  • If there is a contest for the most detestable person in America, she’s number 2 behind LaPierre! On her tombstone it should also read: guns were the only thing that understood me. She’s mental!

    • That’s exactly what I thought when I saw her appearances at the Town Hall and on the Sunday shows. It reminded me of Welch confronting McCarthy, asking if, at long last, any shred of decency remained.

  • As a suggestion, we the people need to stop giving these “diversions” time, and get back to real investigative journalism to call out the real powers behind the thrones. This “spokes women” is just the pretty mouth piece. She is the diversion. The real NRA woman with the strength, with the talking points she gives to her and those in top offices in politics all over the world, and others is Marion Hammer. So ignore this one, stop focusing on this pretty diversion–and get to the real woman with real power of the NRA who controls it all. AND I mean…all.

    • Good point but please don’t begrudge Ms Loesch her attractiveness. She’s out there representing the NRA – let’s not lose sight of that. Bottom line: Ms. Loesch is just the foil that the those with the real power hide behind because they do not have the courage to face the mounting anger from future voters, parents, students, survivors, and just plain folks who’ve had enough. Stay woke!

  • Mandi & Wilhelm–A “pretty mouthpiece” is just as dangerous as the ugly gun-toting maniacs that told her to vomit those insensitive words. We’ve seen just as many crying Black mothers when their sons were shot down by card-carrying NRA psychos called KKKops. Crying white mothers feel the same pain when their child is murdered by NRA-crazed maniacs.

    This is neurotic NRA WHITEwashed smoke and mirrors. Most of the members of Congress are bought and paid for by the NRA– they’re just as racist and paranoid about marauding Blacks and Latinos. There are more kidnappings and killings within the US than outside the border. The bigots in the NRA intentionally overlook the MASS MURDERING WHITE MEN and deceptively talk about “crying white mothers.” The question is why would this evil, insensitive white woman fix her mouth to make a veiled, hateful attack on other white women/morhers in their time of extreme grief? It’s unconscionable and adds INSULT TO INJURY!!

    As an African American female former Army lieutenant, after my service, I NEVER owned any kind of weapon or gun. Over 25 years later, despite living in violent AmeriKKKa, I see NO NEED to have a gun (aka a weapon of mass destruction)! There is NO NEED for any citizen to own an AR-15, AK-47, M-16 or any other type of assault rifle. People who buy those types of weapons are INSANE.

  • Her comments where a disgrace. Nobody gives a dam about the media when you dead kids in the floor. We the people want these dam Guns off the streets. Because right now we all should be crying. Even her.

  • While what the lady said had some truth to it, but it was very disingenuous. The NRA doesn’t care about crying black mothers. Also, they don’t care about POC that have conceal & carry. Just take a look at what they said about Philando Castille. The ugly truth is this country doesn’t nor ever has cared about POC. No widespread support of Black Lives Matter. Anger over athletes exercising their First Amendment rights to take a knee – even though it’s been expressed why they do and why there is Black Lives Matter movement.

    We are sick and tired of people saying what about when black commit crimes against blacks? I ask what about whites committing against whites, and so on? Those things happen, and the offenders are prosecuted for the most part. However, law enforcement can use the excuse of fearing for their lives to justify shooting blacks.

      • Yes it is and that’s what got theirs drawers all bunched up. That’s why they’re coming out swinging, saying (and doing) all sorts of stupid things. But they can’t hide forever under the glare of social media. They will be revealed for who they really are – and they don’t like that.

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