Fred Guttenberg takes the NRA and Dana Loesch to task on Capitol Hill
It’s been over three weeks since the horrific mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, and the Parkland community remains banded together to take on politicians and the NRA with fervor. A father who lost his daughter in the massacre attended a Senate hearing on gun violence and spoke out against some of the tactics the NRA is using to intimidate lawmakers.
Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime was one of the victims of the shooting, already took on Marco Rubio and Trump during CNN’s town hall, calling their responses to the shooting “pathetically weak.”
Now he’s ready to go head-to-head with the NRA for going lower than low with their latest propaganda.
“I’m not sure how many of you are aware of the video that the NRA put out two days ago, okay, because they put a target on all of your backs,” Guttenberg said. “Here is Dana Loesch telling everybody that if they don’t get behind the NRA, their time is running out.”
Here’s the despicable video Guttenberg is refrencing:
She’s basically saying “if you don’t get behind the NRA, we’re coming for you.” Charming, isn’t it?
Look, painful as it is to mention, Dana Loesch is the perfect face for the NRA and its base. She’s poised and she’s always prepared with an endless supply of twisted talking points. But the Parkland students and their community know what they’re up against when it comes to Loesch and her ilk, and they’re not intimidated whatsoever.
Guttenberg directly called out the threatening nature of Loesch’s “Wicked Witch of the West” hourglass schtick, likening it to terrorist propaganda.
“I ask you a question,” he continued. “If this was put out by a terrorist organization, we would be raising the terror threat level in this country. Why are we letting this lobby have anything to do with D.C.? I don’t understand it!”
He brings up an excellent point. If an ISIS video were released telling Americans our “time was up” if we didn’t get behind them, would we just let it go? There is simply no denying that Loesch and the NRA are threatening the American people in the wake of yet another tragic, gun-related mass casualty. It’s vile.
But you know what? They’re only being threatening because they feel threatened. These Florida student activists are changing the way people view the NRA and how corporations do business with them. Hopefully politicians follow suit and join the Parkland community in paving the way for stricter gun laws.
In the meantime, we can all take a lesson from Guttenberg’s recent words to a group of students in Virginia this week. “Show that you stand for common sense gun safety. You do not stand for the B.S. that is going through D.C. now and that you want to see change.”