On the heels of last week’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, CNN hosted a televised town hall, in which NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch spoke directly with the students and families affected by the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.
After Loesch was done promoting her organization’s propaganda and defense of guns on stage to the very students who watched their own classmates get mowed down by one of these weapons of war, the NRA took to Twitter to share a “GIF” of the popular Parks and Recreation character Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler, saying “Thank you.”
— NRA (@NRA) February 22, 2018
While Poehler doesn’t have Twitter, Parks and Rec co-creator Michael Schur was kind enough to relay a message from the iconic and hilarious actress.
Hi, please take this down. I would prefer you not use a GIF from a show I worked on to promote your pro-slaughter agenda.
Also, Amy isn't on twitter, but she texted me a message: "Can you tweet the NRA for me and tell them I said fuck off?" https://t.co/YXSdzCdvdd
— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) February 22, 2018
“Can you tweet the NRA for me and tell them I said fuck off?” Poehler said.
While the NRA tightens its stranglehold on the Republican Party and presses for even more guns – even advocating for arming our nation’s teachers, who are educators, not soldiers – Americans as a whole are decidedly wary of introducing yet more weapons into our schools. We don’t need more assault rifles; we need commonsense reforms and restrictions on these weapons of war.
Trump and his party refuse to get to the root of the problem– the ease with which one can purchase a military-grade weapon. Instead, they are pretending that more guns is the solution, which is the exact position of the NRA, whose sole interest is the sale of weapons. If I eat candy every day and end up with 25 cavities, the solution isn’t to get more dental work; it’s to stop eating so much candy. This isn’t an impossible problem.
While the GOP continues its obstinate refusal to act on gun safety in this country, Americans have signaled their utter exasperation with the issue. Midterms are going to deliver an unprecedented blow to this party complicit in the deaths of so many children.