The National Rifle Association teamed up with Dana Loesch for its latest ad — and it has many on the left accusing them of openly calling for “violence” against their political opponents.
Black Lives Matter activist Deray McKesson said he would “be in jail” if he created a similar video.
“This NRA ad is an open call to violence to protect white supremacy. If I made a video like this, I’d be in jail,” he tweeted.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) actually accused the NRA of “telling people to shoot us.”
“Now might be the right time to cancel your membership,” he added.
There are no calls for violence in the video referenced, but there is one line it seems NRA critics are apparently interpreting as threatening.
“The only way we stop this, the only way we save our country and our freedom is to fight this violence of lies with the clenched fist of truth,” Loesch says in the video.
Loesch responded to the outcry on her show Thursday night, saying she doesn't see anything wrong with the ad. The TV host argued she was only condemning violence, not advocating for it in any way.
“Violence in the context of civilized debate is the refuge of the idiot,” Loesch said. “It is the refuge of the coward, and it has no place in modern day discussions on policy.”
She has a message for you... And it's brutally honest. pic.twitter.com/dlgQ4H5tBU
— TheBlaze (@theblaze) June 30, 2017
Watch the NRA ad in full and decide for yourself.