Does anyone else find it disturbing and completely unacceptable that many vocal members of anti-gun groups are continually threatening to rape, kill or otherwise harm legal gun owners and their family members? How do they get from guns are bad and kill people to someone should kill you because they do not agree with your politics? Worse yet, why don’t other anti-gunners stand up and call out these members from their own ranks?
Dana Loesch, Second Amendment advocate and NRA spokesperson, was one of the latest people targeted by the antis. Fortunately, Dana is not a person to back down when it comes to protecting her person or her reputation. However, this problem is far from just limited to NRA spokespeople. Mothers, fathers, hunters and people from all walks of life have been the targets of the gun control crowd.
Loesch recently created a promotional video for the NRA. Shortly after it was posted, a member of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense decided a graphic edit to the video was in order. The final product shows Loesch shooting herself in the head in graphic detail. Apparently, the group only opposes gun violence when they do not get to perpetuate it.
As earlier stated Loesch is not a person who needs anyone to protect her—not even from trolls such as these. Loesch immediately took to Twitter with, “Great. Now anti-gun #MomsDemand fans are making videos threatening to kill me: #gunsense.” Later she came up with a better idea.
Loesch took the opportunity to show the dangers that exist around us every day—many hiding within the ranks of the gun control crowd. First, she thanked the video’s editor for proving her point of the need to carry and the need to continue to fight for ourt constitutional rights under the Second Amendment. Then, she took it a step further. Loesch added that she reported the video to the FBI and declared that for every hate Tweet she receives, she would donate to the NRA under the hater’s name and then buy herself another box of ammunition!
Sometimes good things go viral. Supporters of the Second Amendment started piling on; many who were not previously supporters of the Second Amendment or the NRA also joined in. Just to spike the ball and declare checkmate!, Loesch has promised to read the vitriolic tweets in a sponsored segment of her radio show.
I say it is time we supported this fine woman who is leading a charge to support and defend our rights by tuning in to her show. The information can be found at http://danaloeschradio.com/.
Other Women Being Targeted by the Antis
Loesch is vocal and high profile, but hardly alone when it comes to the vitriol of the gun control crowd. The antis call themselves “peace-loving,” then turn around, and show their true colors. They use social media to publish threats to harm, debase, and threaten to kill gun owners and their families with the sickest forms of speech and wishes.
Hunters are not immune either. How many times has it happened to a young hunter simply wishing to share a photo of the sport they love? They are slandered in every form and their personal safety threatened. “You hunted the deer? Now I will hunt you and your family! Think about that when you go to sleep tonight…”
Is it Just Women?
No. There are plenty of men who are the targets of these troll attacks as well. I don’t want to bring up the man’s name, but remember when wolves were delisted and open to hunting about a half-dozen years ago? The antis targeted the first successful hunter, his address was made public, pictures of his kids and the school they attended as I recall… It was a mess, and for what? He LEGALLY pursued and harvested an animal.
Concealed carry (and open carry in certain areas) is on the rise. Every state has some form of concealed carry law on the books. Women are buying guns, getting concealed carry permits, obtaining hunting licenses, and seeking out not only the minimum training required, but also more advanced firearms training. The shooting sports such as trap, skeet, IDPA, IPSIC, 3-Gun, SASS and others are on the rise with numbers not seen in decades.
To a degree, we can count that as a win. Not a major one, but a victory. At a minimum, we can revel in the fact that it must be terribly intimidating to the antis to watch their efforts to strip our Second Amendment rights only strengthening those rights and our resolve. However, we have to be smart and learn the lessons from the criminally minded such as the Mom’s Demand Action editor of Loesch’s video.
We have to remain on the high road. Take a page from Loesch’s playbook and find ways to expose the antis’ hypocritical efforts and capitalize from each negative effort in the way Loesch did. She brought new people to our side of the fight and raised money to support those who support us.
Hardly. This is criminal speech and a real threat. Over the previous months, we have seen the result of this type of speech when applied to police officers. Officers were targeted and executed in their cars or at gas stations. We need to remain vigilant. You never know where, or when, some mentally-unhinged person will watch a video and decide to take action. If they cannot get the person in the video, you could be the substitute. Stay legal, but do what’s necessary to protect you and yours.
Where do you fall on actions such as those taken against Loesch or others? Have you ever been the target of the Antis? Will you tune in to watch and support Loesch? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comment section.
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