Twitter Reacts To Kathleen Rice Calling NRA, Dana Loesch Domestic Security Threats

Joanna Estrada
August 13, 2017

Rep. Kathleen Rice, New York Democrat, appeared to be responding to NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch noting that Philando Castile was in possession of marijuana when police shot the motorist dead.

Loesch responded, saying that Castile was "in possession of a controlled substance and a firearm simultaneously". Some gun owners criticized the NRA for remaining mostly silent about Castile's death; some hoped there would be outrage because Castile was licensed to carry a firearm and told the officer that he had a license and was armed at the time of the traffic stop.

It all started with Loesch's response to a Twitter user who posted about the death of Philando Castile, who was shot by police officers last July.

The feud between Loesch and Rice began Thursday, when the lawmaker tweeted that the NRA and its spokeswoman were becoming a threat to the country.

Loesch, a white woman, also said that things might have gone differently if she'd been in Castile's shoes, because she'd taken classes on how a concealed carry holder should act around police.

In an interview, Loesch called Rice's comments shocking, especially given her membership on the Homeland Security Committee.

But when one Twitter user raised the point on Thursday, Loesch countered that Castile had not followed the letter of the law. And yet she has harsher words for me and for NRA members than she does for MS-13. "You're the ones lying", Ms. Rice responded. The admission seemingly caused Yanez to panic, and he can be heard subsequently firing off seven rounds in the direction of Castile's vehicle, fatally shooting him in front Reynolds and her 4-year-old daughter, who was sitting in the back seat of the auto.

Erick Erickson, editor of the conservative website The Resurgent, tweeted that he donated $100 to the NRA in Loesch's name and wrote that "targeting private citizens is wrong". A person is guilty of a "misdemeanor" if the owner of a vehicle intentionally possesses more than 1.4 grams of marijuana "within the area of the vehicle".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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