Parkland Dad Defends NRA Spox Dana Loesch After CNN Receives Award for ‘Gun Control’ Town Hall

Andrew Pollack came to the defense of National Rifle Association (NRA) spokesperson Dana Loesch after CNN was given an award for the town hall event that followed the horrific shooting in Parkland, Florida.

As IJR previously reported, many questioned the decision to give the townhall the Walter Cronkite Award, as many felt it was erred on the side of an activist rally instead of a thoughtful town hall. During the event, Loesch and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) were smeared as murderers while they defended the Second Amendment.

Loesch claimed the event felt more like a WWE event than an award-winning journalistic endeavor.

She also claimed that she needed a security escort to make it out of the building after being rushed by one woman.

Pollack, who lost his daughter Meadow in the shooting, came to Loesch’s defense after CNN received the Cronkite Award. He noted that Loesch was one of the only people to point to the failures of both the school district and law enforcement, rather than pushing more gun control legislation.

Pollack has been on a relentless campaign to hold accountable the authorities that failed to respond to the warning signs that could have prevented the shooting, including Superintendent Robert Runcie and Sheriff Scot Israel. As IJR previously reported, Governor Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) removed Israel from office in one of his first moves following his election to the governor’s mansion.

In a post to Twitter, Pollack noted that CNN allowed the town hall to be driven by emotional pleas for policies that never came to fruition. He claimed the only person on the stage who pointed to real problems — that have since been addressed — was Loesch.

“Thirty-nine visits in the past year it was law enforcement or it was social services that went to this individual’s home. Now there are two Florida statutes. One of them, I don’t know if the comment he put on YouTube would have qualified for you [Sheriff Israel] to Baker Act him, but sending messages to other students that he was going to murder them and he was going to kill them, I would think, certainly would have qualified him under Florida state statute for you to Baker Act-ed him.”

Since the loss of his daughter, Pollack has been working with the Florida Board of Education and President Donald Trump on school safety measures that he believes would be better for students without infringing the rights of Americans.