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.
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.
"If we don't swear in a new governor until January, what is the rush for you?" Gillum said, referring to Florida Gov. Rick Scott and President Trump.
Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis' lead over Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum narrowed to just 33,000 votes on Saturday, resulting in a mandated machine recount of ballots. The results are due in Tallahassee on Thursday, and if Gillum gains about 15,000 votes, a hand recount will take place.
"I was looking beyond my own tragedy," Lucy McBath said.
Winning in a district with affluent white voters as the majority, Lucy McBath was advised initially during her campaign not to talk about the details of her 17-year-old son's murder.
Instead, she not only mentioned Jordan Davis' story, she also called attention to the reality of other Black teens like him, including Trayvon Martin.
McBath, a Democrat, defeated Republican incumbent Karen Handel who had been elected to represent Georgia's 6th Congressional District just last year.
"Florida law requires an automatic machine recount in any race where the margin of victory is within one half of one percentage point."
The victims, who are both Black, have been identified.
Jeffersontown police have released the names of both victims in Wednesday's shooting: Maurice E. Stallard, 69, and Vicki Lee Jones, 67 were identified by the coroner's office.
Stallard was the father of Louisville's Chief Racial Equity Officer, and Jones was a woman on her way from her home, just blocks away, to pick up some groceries.
Gregory Bush, the shooter in custody, has a criminal past, as well as one wrought with mental illness and racial hostility.
His ex-wife, who filed for protection against Bush, was reportedly called a "ni**er bit**" by him, according to court records.
Bush's social media pages say that he once was married to a Black woman, and had a Black son. He once posted: "All lives matter, not just Black lives."
In addition, posts were found criticizing Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players for kneeling protests, and the media for allegedly not covering a mass shooting committed by a Sudanese immigrant. Bush also shared a petition urging the governor to prevent confederate statues from being removed.
Bush has been charged with assault numerous times, and also with menacing a 15-year-old girl in a movie theater bathroom and said, he "thought we were family."
He posted about his diagnosis and how it had impacted his life as well saying, " [ I ] worked most of my life and battled mental illness throughout my life…I'm lucky I made it this far with all the trouble I've caused myself when I get off my medicine."
His wife wrote that in 2003 Bush had been diagnosed "paranoid and was put on medication," according to court records. "He stopped taking his medication."
Details about his history include court-ordered mental health treatment, being reported as a "suicide risk" by police, and being ordered to not own any weapons.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said of the shooting: "Our city and our future have no room for anyone who looks at their fellow human beings with hate or discrimination."
He also took the opportunity to call on state and federal officials to address the gun violence "epidemic" in this country and the need for improved mental health care.
"The hard fact is that most violent crimes are committed with guns, and guns fall under the jurisdiction of the state and federal governments," Fischer said.
"Every time someone takes a gun and creates a tragedy, what's the response?" asked Fischer. "From too many of our leaders, the ones who have the power to make our country safer, our city safer, our schools and churches and groceries safer, they act as if nothing can be done. That doesn't sound like the United States of America to me — the most powerful, most resourceful country in the world. Why do we pretend that we're helpless?"
Of the loss of his colleague's father: "This one is especially painful because, as has been reported, one of the victims was the father of a member of my team," Fischer said.
A Kroger employee has started a fundraiser to help both families. Jones' family started a GoFundMe page to help long-distance relatives travel to Louisville for her funeral. Her brother just died two weeks ago.
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