Interview: Dana Loesch On CNN Town Hall, Background Checks, And Mental Health

Interview: Dana Loesch On CNN Town Hall, Background Checks, And Mental Health

Marco Rubio credit for being the only Republican to attend a televised town hall Wednesday night held in the aftermath of the school shooting and criticized Republican Gov. Rick Scott for not showing up.

The National Rifle Association's national spokeswoman argued Thursday that "many in legacy media love mass shootings" during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Rubio said that is the not how it works. "The fact that you can't stand with everybody in this building and say that, I'm sorry".

Rubio took the heat on receiving donations from the NRA.

In the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, CNN hosted a town hall, bringing survivors and families of the victims face-to-face with the people who refuse to ban guns.

Stephen Colbert wasn't so impressed as other TV talent that Florida Sen.

Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., responded that legislation needs to be introduced that makes the deadliest assault weapons illegal. Stoneman Douglas High School student, Cameron Kasky, asked the senator repeatedly. "The influence comes from the millions of people that agree with the agenda".

The senator then tried to distance himself from the NRA's politics, claiming he would continue to do what he thinks is right, and declaring his support for the second amendment.

One of Marjory Stoneman Douglas' history teachers took the opportunity to challenge the pro-gun lobby on the oft-cited consitutional amendment: "I'd like you to define something for me, because I've wondered about it and I want to know: what's your definition of a well-regulated militia, as stated in the second amendment?".

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"I still hunt with my son but an AK-47 and an AR-15 is not for hunting, it's for killing", said Nelson to applause.

Nelson said he grew up on a ranch and hunted all his life.

The two members lawmakers were discussing the old USA assault weapons ban when Rubio pointed out the ban would not have prevented the February 14 shooting. "They've got fire in their eyes", he said.

A vocal supporter of the organization, Dana Loesch, was scheduled to appear later in the program. In Sutherland Springs, the gunman killed 26 and was able to purchase firearms because the Air Force failed to submit his convictions on domestic abuse charges while enlisted.

Ryan Deitsch survived the shooting and asked why students are the ones spearheading the talk about reforming gun laws.

Tapper asked Loesch about Rubio saying hed support raising the purchasing age for semiautomatic weapons to 21 from 18, a stance the NRA opposes.

With calls for gun control increasing after last week's school shooting in Parkland, Fla., gun rights absolutists are digging in and often going off the rails.

"My condemnation is for those folks at the FBI - I know there are some good agents there - for those at the FBI that dropped the ball eight separate times with catastrophic consequences", Loesch said, adding that the bureau has been politicized, a reference to the investigation into Russian election meddling and possible Trump campaign collusion. "I believe teachers should teach, but that's exactly what's wrong with this country".

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