National Rifle Association (NRA) spokeswoman Dana Loesch called out 2020 presidential hopeful Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) after he criticized her organization when explaining his position on the Second Amendment.
During his CNN town hall event in South Carolina, Booker attempted to throw the NRA under the bus in a call for tougher gun laws. He blamed the pro-gun group for laws that allowed “loopholes” for illegal gun sales.
Watch Booker’s comments:
So… Cory Booker did not brush up on gun laws or his gun knowledge before his big town hallpic.twitter.com/56i3wXVOBB
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) March 28, 2019
“If I am your president, we are going to bring the fight to the NRA who wants to represent corporate gun owners, corporate gun corporations, manufacturers, more than they want to represent the people because this is what they’re doing to Americans. They are defending loopholes, like that loophole that if a man is convicted of beating his wife, he can find a loophole to go out an buy a gun to murder her. They are defending not their membership, but loopholes. Like the loophole that says someone on the terrorist no-fly list in our country can still go to a gun show and buy weapons. Or somebody that’s convicted of a violent crime can still find a loophole and go buy a weapon.”
Booker completely bashed the NRA, but Loesch didn’t let the comments go unanswered. She claimed that Booker had most of his facts wrong. The spokeswoman took to Twitter to correct the claims he botched during his town hall.
Also, there are no “loopholes,” there are criminal acts. If your driver’s license is suspended and you drive anyway that isn’t some magical “loophole,” it’s a criminal act. We undermine law by pretending it doesn’t exist.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) March 28, 2019
Loesch noted that the NRA represents 5 million members throughout the nation, not gun manufacturers, as Booker suggested. She explained that there are federal laws prohibiting those convicted of domestic abuse from buying weapons.
She also tackled the issue of those promoting the use of the no-fly in banning dangerous individuals from purchasing guns. As IJR has previously reported, critics of the no-fly list have claimed it disproportionately impacts racial minorities and tramples due process for individuals because there isn’t a formal legal proceeding to land on the list. In fact, having the same name as a terror suspect could get you on the list.
Loesch suggested that charges must be filed against people on the no-fly list before their right to own a gun can be taken from them.
Finally, she flattened Booker’s claim that the NRA supports “loopholes” that allow criminal behavior. She explained that the anecdotes Booker used all describe crimes being committed. Crimes are not loopholes, they are crimes.
Booker isn’t the only 2020 Democrat facing criticisms for their anti-Second Amendment positions. As IJR previously reported, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) also faced criticism after he urged Americans to strip gun ownership, just as New Zealand did following the horrific mosque shootings earlier this month.