At this week's Conservative Political Action Conference, NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch declared, "Many in legacy media love mass shootings...I'm not saying you love the tragedy, but you love the ratings." In response, on CNN's Wolf Thursday, senior political analyst Nia-Malika Henderson bashed Loesch and referred to NRA members as "conspiracy theorists" for thinking that the Democratic Party wants to take away their firearms.
Henderson labeled Loesch's assertion "outrageous." However, what of the appalling statements made at CNN's politically-motivated town hall meeting Wednesday night, in the wake of the Parkland high school mass shooting the week before? Loesch and Senator Marco Rubio were vilified, excoriated by understandably-shaken teens being used as pawns by the left-wing media to push their political agenda. Notable was Emma Gonzalez -- currently one of CNN's prime chess pieces -- who suggested that Loesch was a bad mother for supporting the constitutional right to bear arms:
"All right. Dana Loesch, I want to know that we will support your two children in the way that we will not — you will not."
As for Rubio's treatment at the event, high school junior Cameron Kasky -- who was recently spoonfed what appeared to be a rehearsed anti-gun interview with Anderson Cooper -- compared the Republican to Parkland mass murderer Nikolas Cruz:
“Senator Rubio, it’s hard to look at you and not look down the barrel on an AR-15 and not look at Nikolas Cruz, but the point is: You’re here and there are some people who are not."
The ignorance and naivete of youth, particularly in reaction to an emotional tragedy and led by leftist propagandists in the media, can serve as reason to forgive the incendiary comments. What is unforgivable, however, is the adults exploiting their pain -- for political gain, and no doubt for ratings. Hence, Loesch's comment.
Yet CNN was unwilling to allow for any blame in the whirlwind of this tragic news story to be placed anywhere other than the National Rifle Association and the 2nd Amendment: NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre recently called out the FBI for its failure to thoroughly investigate multiple leads given to them preemptively indicating Cruz as a potential mass shooter. Subsequently, network contributor Josh Campbell spurned the comment, calling it an “attack on the FBI and law enforcement for purely political reasons."
Later, Campbell admitted that the FBI must be held accountable for their "colossal, gut-wrenching, heartbreaking mistake," but he swiftly followed that "[the GOP] is going to quickly find its way on the road to irrelevancy if they think that the way and their solution to their political problems is to attack the FBI and to attack law enforcement."
The FBI dropped the ball on a mass murder that should have been easily prevented. The community did what it was asked to do: "if you see something, say something." The Bureau failed the citizenry which, despite CNN's greatest hope, treasures the 2nd Amendment. And as for Nia-Malika Henderson's claim that NRA members are conspiracy theorists who imagine that the Democratic Party wants to confiscate their guns, perhaps Henderson should watch this clip of California Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein, on what she would like to do: