CNN Town Hall a smear on NRA, gun owners


Mark Goddard

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Just as expected, the liberal media and Democrats instantly turned the school shooting tragedy in Florida into a political fiasco.

One recent letter to The Daily Advance ridiculously blamed Florida Gov. Rick Scott, but of course never explained why he should be blamed. Interesting that the letter-writer never mentioned the daily murders by guns in every city in America, all run by Democrats. Liberals and Democrats run from facts like cockroaches to the light.

The perfect example of the politicization was CNN’s repulsive Town Hall meeting. CNN shamefully exploited this terrible tragedy in an attempt to smear the NRA as a domestic terrorist organization and law-abiding gun owners as child killers. Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch were subjected to a verbal assault; they were called “murderer” and “child killer,” and there were even cries of “burn her.” They tried to engage in a thoughtful discussion, but they were shouted down by the angry crowd, while CNN moderator Jake Tapper just sat there. Let’s be clear about something – Sen. Rubio and Ms. Loesch had absolutely nothing to do with the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

What about the Broward County Sheriff’s Department? Why weren’t they grilled by parents and students? What about the school district? What about the mental health department? What about the FBI? But that wasn’t the point of CNN’s town hall. It really wasn’t about giving the students a voice. It was about declaring war on the Second Amendment.

There was a moment when Sen. Rubio pointed out that a ban on semi-automatic firearms would mean a ban on every semi-automatic rifle sold in the country. The crowd of about 5,000 people roared with approval. Let’s not kid ourselves: liberals and most Democrats want us law-abiding gun owners to disarm and not be able to protect ourselves or our family.

The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre stated this perfectly at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference: “Socialism is a movement that loves a smear. Racists, misogynists, sexists, xenophobe and more, these are the weapons and vitriol these character assassinations permanently hang on their targets because socialism feeds off manipulated victims.” And that’s exactly what happened at CNN’s disgraceful town hall meeting.

So buckle up, Americans. The left has already declared war on free speech and religious liberty. Now, they are officially coming after the Second Amendment.

Mark Goddard