There’s a lot of brouhaha surrounding a April 2017 National Rifle Association ad featuring syndicated radio talk show personality and Blaze TV host Dana Loesch. Many folks on the Left–particularly those armed with gun control ties and money to support them– are suggesting she’s inciting violence. Many have claimed she’s inciting a “civil war” in the ad in question. Huh?
Here’s the ad for your viewing pleasure:
Join the National Rifle Association
Join NRA Here: http://bit.ly/2q5pp0L
Posted by National Rifle Association of America on Monday, June 12, 2017
“They use their media to assassinate real news. They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler. They use their movie stars and singers and comedy shows and award shows to repeat their narrative over and over again. And then they use their ex-president to endorse the resistance.
“All to make them march, make them protest, make them scream racism and sexism and xenophobia and homophobia. To smash windows, burn cars, shut down interstates and airports, bully and terrorize the law-abiding — until the only option left is for the police to do their jobs and stop the madness.
“And when that happens, they’ll use it as an excuse for their outrage. The only way we stop this, the only way we save our country and our freedom, is to fight this violence of lies with the clenched fist of truth. I’m the National Rifle Association of America, and I’m freedom’s safest place.”
Please tell us how this script incites violence? Metaphors are now triggering? This is rather ironic from a group of individuals who’ve been reluctant to condemn death threats on Republican lawmakers, those who’ve welcomed the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise, and those who’ve said the Left must mount physical “resistance” against the Trump administration. Spare us the faux concern.
Here’s the stream of tweets coming from the Left–particularly those who hold anti-gun views and some who have even incited violence against Republicans.
This video is propaganda trying to gin up violence against American citizens for exercising first amendment rights. https://t.co/JwP2bMNL69
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) June 29, 2017
In ad FOR THE NRA, @DLoesch accuses left of "violence of lies" & calls for fighting back with "clenched fist of truth." Just wow.
— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) June 28, 2017
This NRA ad is an open call to violence to protect white supremacy. If I made a video like this, I'd be in jail. pic.twitter.com/LD65yMUMVn
— deray mckesson (@deray) June 29, 2017
Here’s Dana’s commentary on the subject:
On my NRA ad. https://t.co/2iZnNrBWGP
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) June 28, 2017
Others came to Dana’s defense to debunk the accusations being flung her way:
BOOM: Dana Loesch drops truth on ‘call to violence’ criticism from DeRay McKesson https://t.co/AdMzGxJ0Te
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 29, 2017
You just retweeted a sign accusing Paul Ryan of a 50 state "killing spree" 2 DAYS AGO. https://t.co/X41j2gRDrw
— Erielle Davidson (@politicalelle) June 29, 2017
Dana Loesch isn’t the enemy. She’s one of the most level-headed commentators out there. Why is the Left projecting their violent tendencies onto her? What do they have to hide? What happened to “when they go low, we go high”?
Are there duds who claim to be on the Right who are inciting violence? Yes–arguably in the form of the so-called alternative right (which doesn’t comprise constitutional conservatism). There are bad actors on both sides who have incited violence in recent memory. But the blame, as it currently stands, rests on politically charged, anti-Republican, anti-conservative rhetoric being propped up by the cultural, political, and academic elites on the Left in the present day.
The resistance being mounted against President Trump – like him or not – is unwarranted. Don’t like him as president? You can’t change the fact. Get over it, accept it, and agree to disagree. Learn to be civil again.