13 August, 2017
Conservatives and gun-rights advocates are condemning a NY congresswoman after she said a top spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association is "a domestic security threat". And yet she has harsher words for me and for NRA members than she does for MS-13.
The feud between Loesch and Rice began Thursday, when the lawmaker tweeted that the NRA and its spokeswoman were becoming a threat to the country.
She concluded by saying Rice, "needs to resign".
The tweet caught the attention of Rice, who saw the comment as a mischaracterization of NRA's inaction: "So if a white guy was shot dead during a routine stop with a legal gun & a joint in his auto, NRA would stay silent?"
Castile had a license to carry, and he had informed the police officers who asked him to pull over his auto that he had a weapon. Within seconds of alerting the officer, Castile was fatally shot.
Loesch's response was the first substantive response from the gun-rights group regarding the shooting of Castile.The NRA was criticized when it stayed silent on the shooting, which had galvanized Black Lives Matter and anti-gun activists who termed the NRA racist over its silence.
Several hours later, Rice jumped into the discussion.
"So if a white guy was shot dead during a routine stop w/ a legal gun & a joint in his vehicle, #NRA would stay silent?"
One user said people like Rice were a threat to freedom of speech.
She also replied to Rice's tweet. She called on Rice to apologize to the millions of law-abiding gun owners across the country.
"I am not a domestic threat!" "If you find me that threatening Congresswoman, come and arrest me".
Coleman Lamb, a spokesman for Rice, said in a statement that the NRA's message has veered away from protecting Second Amendment rights and is instead stoking unrest. "We're not afraid to call this behavior from NRA's leadership exactly what it is".
But when one Twitter user raised the point on Thursday, Loesch countered that Castile had not followed the letter of the law.
Rice also panned the organization on her Facebook page, calling the NRA "lunatics actively encouraging violence against the free press".
"Come and arrest me", Loesch said defiantly during an appearance Friday on Fox News "Tucker Carlson Tonight".