Pro-gun commentator and former National Rifle Association spokesperson, Dana Loesch, last week suggested that a Democratic-led U.S. government might slaughter its own citizens in order to enforce an assault weapons ban.
During the third Democratic presidential primary debate last week, former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke doubled down on his proposed assault weapons ban and mandatory buyback program, telling ABC News host and debate moderator David Muir: “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47. We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore.”
O’Rourke’s remarks drew criticism from Republican Texas state Rep. Briscoe Cain, who appeared to issue a “death threat” after his debate appearance in a since-deleted tweeted that read, “My AR is ready for you Robert Francis.”
Following O’Rourke’s remarks, Loesch appeared on Fox News the next day to comment on the candidate’s declaration.
“Dana, [O’Rourke] made that statement last night, the T-shirt is ready to go,” Fox News host Brian Kilmeade said. “You mentioned — Briscoe just mentioned he had flip-flopped. I had forgotten that from his Senate run. Where is this conversation heading?”
Loesch agreed with Cain’s sentiments. “Brian, I’m so glad that you are talking about this. And yeah, everybody knows Briscoe Cain’s name now,” she said. “The T-shirt, I am absolutely amazed that a lawmaker, that someone running for the highest office in the land, would actually try to raise money off of a threat to the public.”
“When you tell law-abiding Americans that you are going to forcibly steal their lawfully owned and responsibly used property, that’s a threat,” Loesch continued, “and saying that ‘No, you are not, I want to be able to defend myself’ in return, that is not a threat. I mean, telling someone like Beto O’Rourke has been doing — that’s a threat of promised action.”
Loesch went on to compare O’Rourke’s threats to the Wounded Knee massacre.
“I want to take everyone back to one of the earliest attempts at mass confiscation of firearms in the United States. And that was Wounded Knee,” Loesch said. “So I don’t know if that’s what Democrats and Beto O’Rourke are trying to move us towards. I sincerely hope not. I hope they respect the law of the land. I hope they respect the Constitution. But I just find this talk reprehensible and I think that the party needs to show where they are with Americans and condemn it.”
Newsweek notes: “The Wounded Knee Massacre, also known as the Battle of Wounded Knee, was a massacre of hundreds of Lakota Indians by troops from the U.S. Army on December 29, 1890 in South Dakota after a failed attempt to disarm them. Roughly half of those killed were women and children.”