Conservative Spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association Dana Loesch railed against 2020 Presidential candidate and current Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) on NRA TV.
Loesch insisted that Harris is a “socialist” and an “existential threat” to the right of Americans to bear arms.
Loesch then asked viewers to donate to the National Rifle Association, calling it “the one organization powerful enough to disrupt the socialist plans to disarm America,” and “the one organization that she fears.”
Harris, who recounts learning to use her gut as a prosecutor in her recent memoir The Truths We Hold, didn’t hesitate to confront Loesch.
You know what's a threat? Gun violence. It kills on average 96 people every day. I will never be afraid to stand up to the gun lobby and their efforts to make our communities less safe.https://t.co/s33czICnT3
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) February 7, 2019
There have been approximately 35 mass shootings since the beginning of 2019, so many Americans rallied behind Harris’s response.
Please keep fighting! As a first grade teacher who goes through active shooter training and daily review what I’d do to protect my babies, we need everyone to stand up to the NRA and demand background checks and stop gun show purchases
— Lisa C (@coldiemom) February 7, 2019
Kindergarten children in America should not have to learn to hide under their desks. That’s unfathomable here in Canada. Keep fighting
— ruth🇨🇦 (@kusini) February 7, 2019
I'm with you 100% Kamala. Only people full of fear need guns and most gun violence is domestic.
— Rick Hagedorn (@RickElgin) February 7, 2019
The NRA consider you a threat?
To their many years of preventing sensible gun reform?
— JonWayneMcQuatchi (@dethspud) February 7, 2019
Loesch, however, was right about one thing.
Republican lawmakers are widely influenced by the stratospheric amounts of money the NRA donates to Republican campaigns.
In the 2016 election alone, the organization spent a total of $419 million to elect Republican candidates. It was an increase of $100 million from the previous election cycle, leading many to believe the increase in funds were gained by insidious measures.
One 2018 poll showed 60% of Americans believe the NRA had too much influence on American politics.
Their bulwark against sensible gun control reform disturbs Americans everywhere.
when did the NRA get the right to influence the democratic process? and as a threat to democracy is it now time for this organisation to be dismantled and investigated
— freedom peace equality (@FInchains) February 7, 2019
The NRA have far too much political influence
— James Gallagher (@JamesGa29628061) February 6, 2019
However, not all hope is lost.
They said the NRA was too powerful. They said it had too much money, too much influence. They told us change wasn't possible. But we knew better. We knew Americans would stand with us and fight for a safer future. Tonight, we proved them wrong, and we beat the NRA—together.
— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) November 7, 2018
The 2018 midterms saw gun control groups outspend the NRA for the first time.