Dana Loesch takes on mainstream media and the FBI at CPAC
Conservative talk host Dana Loesch stormed the stage at CPAC to defend the 2nd amendment and the NRA one day after CNN’s scripted anti-gun town hall event.
She opened her remarks by stating, "We are conservatives. We have the superior product. We don’t have to modify our views. We don’t have to rationalize why we believe what we believe. We don’t need platitudes and red meat because we have the superior product. The proven superior product."
"If you can’t sell freedom and liberty, then you suck." – Andrew Breitbart
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Loesch spoke about the suppression of conservative speech on social media platforms, then turned her attention to media hysteria in the wake of the Parkland school shooting, directly addressing reporters in the room covering her remarks.
"Many in legacy media love mass shootings. You guys love it. 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 see townhalls for them, do you? Where’s the CNN town hall for Chicago? Where’s the CNN town hall for sanctuary cities? Where was the CNN town hall for Jamiel Shaw Sr., whose son was murdered by someone who illegally entered the country and had been deported repeatedly? Where was his voice? Where was the voice of those Junior ROTC members last night, CNN? If it bleeds, it leads, doesn’t it?"
"And I don’t mean to ignore you all here, but I’m really looking at a lot of the legacy media back there on the platform, and you can write whatever you want about me. You can come find me in the hallways and you can scream at me. You can try to confront me, but I’m here, we’re here, we’re not going anywhere. I call B.S.!"
Citing a litany of recent mass murder events, Loesch turned her attention to the FBI and government agencies:
Washington Navy Yard .. Garland, Texas ..Fort Hood .. Charleston .. Boston .. San Bernadino .. Orlando .. Parkland. Do you know what all of these mass tragedy incidents involved? FBI dropped the ball. They dropped the ball.
Now, I’m allergic to universal statements, just like I’m allergic to people who think Green Day is punk. But let me just be clear. In Charleston, this murderer was able to pass a background check even though he was a prohibited possessor, because as former FBI director James Comey said, ‘They made a mistake. It was a paperwork error.’
Sutherland Springs, this mass murderer was able to go and mow down a church, because why? The Air Force did not report his conviction. The fact that he was mentally unstable to the NICS [* National Instant Criminal Background Check System] system."
My condemnation is for those at the FBI, I know that there’s some good agents there, but for those at the FBI who’ve dropped the ball eight separate times with catastrophic consequences. You know James Comey, when he wasn’t busy taking directions from Loretta Lynch as to what to call Hillary Clinton’s investigation, or writing his self-aggrandizing memoirs, you know he said, ‘they made a mistake’. Maybe if you politicize you agency less, and did your job more, we wouldn’t have these problems.
"The organization that I represent [The NRA], five million plus members, average everyday Americans, moms and dads, they do the school runs, they go to the grocery store. They’re students, they’re hunters, they’re people like me to simply don’t want to be assaulted in the parking lot if I go to the grocery store and get a gallon of milk at night. They are people like us, and we will not be gaslighted into thinking that we’re responsible for a tragedy that we had nothing to do with."
"It is not our job to follow up on red flags. It is not our job to make sure that States are reporting to the background check system. It is not our job! A failure of law enforcement is not a failure of the law. It is a failure of enforcement."
"But I’ll say it again loud and clear. We’re parents too, and I believe as the millions of members that make up the NRA, and I think millions of people just in the United States in general, don’t you think our children deserve the same protection as our celebrities? Don’t you all think that our kids deserve the same protection as our athletes? As our banks? As our businesses? But yet we leave them the most unprotected."
"I want to make this super obvious point. The government has proven that they cannot keep you safe, and yet some people want us to disarm. You heard that town hall last night. They cheered the confiscation of firearms, and it was over 5,000 people. I had to have a security detail to get out. I wouldn’t have been able to exit that if I did not have a private security detail. There were people rushing the stage and screaming ‘burn her’."
"And I came there to talk solutions and I still am going to continue that conversation on solutions, as the NRA has been doing since before I was alive."
"But the government can’t keep you safe and some people want us to give up our firearms and rely solely upon the protection of the same government that’s already failed us numerous times to keep us safe."
"They also call Trump a tyrant, but then say that they want the president to also confiscate our firearms. Try to figure that one out."