NRA Will Attend CNN Town Hall With Survivors Of Florida School Shooting

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel slammed NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch during a CNN town hall meeting in Sunrise Fla

CNN's town hall meeting between Stoneman Douglas student survivors and the NRA, as well as Florida politicians came on the heels of other students protesting at the state capitol in Tallahassee, and some meeting with President Donald Trump and VP Mike Pence.

During a heated CNN-hosted town hall event on Wednesday night, National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch told survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting that she was "fighting" for them.

Emma Gonzalez, one of the most vocal survivors of the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, asked Loesch whether she thought it should be more hard for people to obtain semiautomatic weapons and modifications like bump stocks that can allow guns to mimic fully automatic weapons. The NRA mouthpiece said that the one of our founders believed that the "militia is the whole of the people" while Diana reminded her that was in the context of the times in the 1700's when people used muskets! "Automatic rifles should be outlawed forever", Israel said.

"This individual was nuts, and I - nor the millions of people that I represent as a part of this organization that I'm here speaking for - none of us support people who are insane, who are a danger to themselves, who are a danger to others, getting their hands on a firearm", Loesch added.

The mother of a teacher killed at Stoneman Douglas, Scott Beigel, pointedly asked Loesch why her son's inalienable rights - to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness - were not "protected as fiercely as the right to bear arms".

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Loesch is a gun and Second Amendment rights advocate.

Loesch, as well as Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, Florida lawmakers Rep. Ted Deutch and Sens. "[But] you're not standing up for them until you say, 'I want less weapons.'" Go, Scott!

"What you're going to have to do, this young generation, we need to get it done, and you're going to get it done: Vote in people who feel the same way you do", he said.

Loesch said she made a decision to attend because she's "always been about more discussion, not less" and she hopes to be able to "offer some solutions as to what people can actually do to prevent these things from happening in the future".

The sheriff's words were met with cheers and a standing ovation.


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