Anti-gun violence activists are sending their “thoughts and prayers” to the National Rifle Association after it was reported Wednesday that they would be shutting down production of NRATV and that their on-air personalities, such as Dana Loesch, would no longer represent the gun lobbying group.
“Good riddance to this vile, disgusting, lying, gun selling bunch who are part of the culture that lead to 40,000 gun deaths per year, including my daughter Jaime,” Fred Guttenberg tweeted Wednesday. Guttenberg’s 14-year-old daughter was killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Highschool shooting in Parkland, Florida last year.
WOW!!! THIS HUGE NEWS. N.R.A. Shuts Down Production of NRATV. Good riddance to this vile, disgusting, lying, gun selling bunch who are part of the culture that lead to 40,000 gun deaths per year, including my daughter Jaime. https://t.co/ZC6am5SXRS
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) June 26, 2019
NRATV’s most famous face, Dana Loesch, has targeted Guttenberg as well as other anti-gun violence activists in her tenure at the gun lobbying group. Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, a common target of NRATV, celebrated the news and said that the NRA “is weaker than it’s ever been.”
“We won’t miss you Dana Loesch. Or Colion Noir. Or Grant Stinchfield,” she tweeted Wednesday. “We’ve thrown your hate and propaganda and misinformation into the ash heap of history.”
Watts shared an NRATV clip of Loesch saying, “I also have a major problem with all of these tragedy dry-humping whores.”
We won’t miss you Dana Loesch. Or Colion Noir. Or Grant Stinchfield. We’ve thrown your hate and propaganda and misinformation into the ash heap of history. ???pic.twitter.com/n6Le4aKQUk
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) June 26, 2019
Leaders of March for Our Lives, the anti-gun violence group that founded by Parkland shooting survivors, couldn’t help but laugh at the news. “Thoughts and prayers,” activist David Hogg tweeted.
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) June 26, 2019
MFOL really outlived NRATV on a fraction of the budget and with better overall content lol
Our PSA won at Cannes the same week NRATV shuts their doors.. sorry if I enjoy this one a little too much lmaoooo pic.twitter.com/q6WoGHVWZI
— Matt Deitsch (@MattxRed) June 26, 2019
LMAOOOO wack https://t.co/24pSe505M7
— Emma González (@Emma4Change) June 26, 2019
In the midst of the jokes, Guttenberg offered up a “reality check” and examined the power the gun lobbying group continues to have.
“The NRA still exists, and there are many groups worse then them who still exist,” he wrote on Twitter. “I am pleased at the current situation at the NRA, however, we must not stop, we must continue to fight.”