Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Backlash swift after Democratic congresswoman calls the NRA a security threat

Backlash swift after Democratic congresswoman calls the NRA a security threat

We can't ignore that.

Rice's initial comment referenced the death of Philando Castile, who was fatally shot by police during a traffic stop in 2016.

Rice, who represents suburban Nassau County, was apparently responding to comments Loesch made about the death of Philando Castile, a black gun owner who was shot and killed by police in Minnesota previous year during a traffic stop.

Loesch then challenged the Democrat that not only threatened her right to free speech but endangered her and her family.

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Mrs. Loesch told The Washington Examiner on Thursday that she was not speaking on behalf of the NRA at the time, and that she only did so on "the technical way the issue was being described" by others.

One user replied to Rice, saying that it was not the NRA but the MS-13 gang which were a domestic security threat to her constituency. "You're the ones lying", Ms. Rice responded.

"That says something", Loesch told Fox News on Friday. "That's extremely troubling to Representative Rice, as it should be to all law-abiding gun-owners and NRA members". The admission seemingly caused Yanez to panic, and he can be heard subsequently firing off seven rounds in the direction of Castile's vehicle, fatally shooting him in front Reynolds and her 4-year-old daughter, who was sitting in the back seat of the auto.

The NRA hadn't spoken about Castile's death for almost a year, until last month during an appearance on cable channel CNN when Loesch called the incident "a awful tragedy that could have been avoided".

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But when one Twitter user raised the point on Thursday, Loesch countered that Castile had not followed the letter of the law. A person is guilty of a "misdemeanor" if the owner of a vehicle intentionally possesses more than 1.4 grams of marijuana "within the area of the vehicle".

Marijuana was found in Castile's vehicle on the day he was shot, and subsequent toxicology reports found that he also had the drug in his system when he died.

NRA drew widespread criticism for its silence after the incident.

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