NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch went toe-to-toe with the anti-gun activists of Stoneman Douglas High School at a CNN town hall Wednesday night.
During an exchange with student Emma Gonzalez, Loesch pointed to the failure of states to submit convictions to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System as a reason mentally ill and dangerous people are able to get their hands on guns.
“This individual was nuts. And I, nor the millions of people that I represent as a part of this organization that I’m here speaking for, none of us support people who are crazy, who are a danger to themselves, who are a danger to others getting their hands on a firearm,” Loesch said. “Do you know that it is not federally required for states to actually report people who are prohibited possessors, crazy people, people who are murderers?”
Gonzalez listened to Loesch’s point, but the crowd refused to stop yelling, prompting Gonzalez to ask them to be quiet.
“How was he able to pass a background check? He was able to pass a background check because we have a system that’s flawed. The Sutherland Springs murderer was able to pass a background check because the Air Force did not report that record,” Loesch continued.
Gonzalez interrupted Loesch to repeat her original question.
“I think I’m going to interrupt you real quick and remind you that the question is actually, do you believe it should be harder to obtain these semiautomatic weapons and modifications to make them fully automatic, such as bump stocks?” Gonzalez asked.
Loesch reiterated the position of the NRA, which is allowing the ATF to reconsider a ban on bump stocks.