NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch battled ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos over gun control this Sunday.
She was defending law-abiding gun owners and urging lawmakers to focus on taking measures that could have prevented the deadly massacre in Parkland, Florida.
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“This is really a discussion about banning all semi-automatic firearms, and I wish that we could be genuine in our discussion of that,” she said. Stephanopoulos pointed out that Congress previously passed a ban on so-called “assault weapons” under former President Bill Clinton and Dana responded: “You yourself said that that didn’t have any overall effect on the crime rate. There have been numerous studies that showed that. You are correct on that.”
According to our source, IJR, George pulled up a graph that’s showing the impact that the gun ban had on gun deaths. He insisted that the gun ban did not have a meaningful impact on the overall crime rate. He also alleged that the NRA has consistently “fought against the background check system.”
“That’s not true, George,” Loesch shot back. “That’s not true. We created the NICS system and we’re the ones for over 25 years that these states need to report these dangerous people. I want to get 7 million people who are a danger to others, I want to prevent them from purchasing a firearm, don’t you?”
“You — well most gun shows have — have background checks. Here’s the thing, this is all federally regulated. And the penalties are terrifying and severe. There is no loophole. It is a criminal act if you are a prohibited possessor to acquire a firearm.”
“We need to stop calling criminal acts loopholes, but to this point are you going to have politicians on this program and demand that they had their states comply by reporting these prohibited possessors to the system?”
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