Dana Loesch takes aim and fires with words

February 26, 2018

Perhaps Dana Loesch finally got her fill of hateful, lewd, agenda-driven accusations at the CNN “town hall,” because she has shown in the hours since that she can wield words just as effectively as she can draw-aim-fire. And it’s about time somebody put it this way.

In just one of a series of tweets, she said, “This is just the latest example of government failure and it is why we fight for the rights of law-abiding people to protect our children the same way we protect our politicians and our celebrities.” She pounded law enforcement at all levels for doing NOTHING to head off an easily predictable act of horrific violence. And in doing so, she hit on the most important reason why the right to gun ownership must not be infringed: the defense of you and your loved ones ultimately falls to YOU. If you depend on the powers-that-be to protect yourself and your family, you may end up dead or with your life changed forever.


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She’s right. The larger and more complex our government grows, and the more laws it passes to regulate every aspect of our lives, the more paralysis it shows in dealing with imminent threat. Handling this obviously sick murderer-in-waiting who was immersed in a culture of violence should have been a cut-and-dried proposition: alert law enforcement, follow up immediately, institutionalize this person as a threat to himself and others, and try to get him some psychological help while protecting the community from him. The only part of this sequence that took place was “alert law enforcement.” Then...NOTHING. Not even as obvious as this case was. Not even while the shooting was going on, with an armed security guard right there on the premises.

Loesch also addressed the ability of this deranged young man with a history of behavioral problems and run-ins with local law enforcement to purchase a firearm. That’s one more area in which the system failed. If current law were enforced as intended, this person would not have been able to buy a gun. No way, no how.

“How was he able to pass a background check?” she asked over the noise of the crowd. “He was able to pass a background check because we have a system that’s flawed.”


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Incidentally, Loesch also called out the media for focusing on the white children that get shot. So many black kids get shot, she said, that it’s hardly news. (I guess when suburban white kids get shot by their neighbors, it’s “man-bites-dog,” something out of the ordinary, but when urban black kids get shot by their neighbors or hit by ricocheting bullets, it’s generally viewed by reporters as “dog-bites-man.” Just another day.) Most of those black kids live in cities with the strictest gun control laws --- laws that are routinely ignored by gang members and thieves.

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  • Bob Gardner

    02/28/2018 05:29 PM

    Thanks for all of your humor and commentaries! They often brighten my day! I would like to have you perform my marriage ceremony. I live close to Arkansas & I could come to your church there, at your convenience. It would be a GREAT honor to meet you in person!

  • Kevin Schwinkendorf

    02/28/2018 04:04 PM

    I've also heard that Obama and Holder had some kind of program or policy in place to reduce arrests of minority "youth" to address a "Social Justice problem." What is the "problem?" Well, the percentage of minorities in prisons is higher than the percentage of these same minorities in the general population. Why is that a problem?" Well, it OBVIOUSLY (according to Obama/Holder) isn't because these minorities commit crimes at a higher rate than whites, but because the Justice system is racist!!! So, to address the "problem," law enforcement has been "encouraged" to not arrest minority "youth" who commit crimes (because having a record could damage their entire futures, not to mention their "self-esteem"). So, was the Broward County Sheriff so "conditioned" by policies of the previous administration that after doing nothing, he feels as though he did a "great job?" We all know that law enforcement has been under attack for doing their jobs for some time now (consider Baltimore - after all, its "only property!").

  • Firewagon

    02/28/2018 03:18 PM

    Almost before the blood had stopped flowing, that "nose under the tent," disingenuous, illogical, Senator Schumer is making another FALSE statement on the floor of that Senate he miss serves. "Too many guns are sold without a background check being run." Obviously, this latest whack was NOT one of them - and there are several other instances where the perps "lawfully" purchased, and submitted a background check, before gunning down the innocent. Saying nothing about the FACT that STOLEN, or even borrowed guns account for the bulk of murders and killings in this country! Tired, really TIRED, of these gun control, a.k.a. "gun confiscators," cloaking their intentions in the grief of victims. The true agenda was revealed over twenty years ago by Queen of the 'gun grabbers' Feinstein, on CBS-TV's 60 Minutes, February 5, 1995, when she stated: "If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, picking up every one of them . . . Mr. and Mrs. America, turn 'em all in, I would have done it."

  • James A White

    02/28/2018 01:35 PM

    Thank you, Mike! You and Dana are largely correct.
    However, even a perfect NICS cannot... and will not... prevent a determined crazy (not unintelligent) and/or evil person from obtaining a gun. NICS needs fixing, and should be eliminated for guns. Per our authoritative Constitution and the Second Amendment, people carrying firearms are a strong deterrent to criminals looking for victims. Most "gun-free" zones must be eliminated. Forward, to the Constitution!

  • Douglas Morgan

    02/28/2018 12:08 PM

    Dana articulated the truth about depending on Government to protect us. It proves that Government at all levels, local to federal, are untrustworthy in a time of need or even crisis! She even accurately portrayed the crime in minority communities that we and the media have become calloused to. BUT, I didn't see or hear her presentation from the fake news sources or even some I would have expected to. Thank Governor for sharing this article. I intend to send it to everyone on my contact list.

  • Janet Haney

    02/28/2018 08:34 AM

    Well said! I pray our leaders, who have the protection of security guards will heed the message of Dana Loesch. Thank you Governor Huckabee for your wisdom and integrity in reporting news we otherwise might never hear. Thankful also for your beautiful and wise daughter, Sarah!

  • glenda philippe

    02/27/2018 09:30 PM

    Thank you Dana for having the courage to face this crowd and thank you for standing up for me and others like me who want to protect themselves and prepare our selves to do this.

  • Raymond Reed

    02/27/2018 02:08 PM

    ACCOUNTABILITY !

    (1): Every FBI supervisor that has care, custody and control of the FBI agents who "ignored" the "JUST CALL SOMEONE" MUST be held accountable and terminated. GONE ! Has anyone from the FBI been terminated ?

    (2) Every sheriff's supervisor that has care, custody and control of the Sheriffs department personnel who received the multitude of calls
    from concerned citizens regarding this "lunatic" must be terminated. Including secretaries, and all officers. GONE ! Has anyone from that "lame duck" sheriffs department been terminated ?

    (3) Over 125 years ago Indians used 15 round magazine repeating weapons to kill white men. Wagons would make a 360 degree circle to "fortify" themselves. Every man, woman and kid that could fire a firearm was firing their fire arms. Where in the hell was the authorities then ? Where was the Calvary ? Citizens would run, ride horses, and leave behind everything they owned to be "fortified" in one central gathering place known as a fort. Indians would attack the fort using 15 round magazine repeating rifles ! People in the fort including men, women and children would use their fire arms to defend themselves and those within the fort. DID CONGRESS MAKE ANY RULING TO STOP THE INDIANS FROM GETTING THEIR GUNS ILLEGALLY ? NO. THE BACKGROUND CHECK FOR INDIANS WAS --- GOLD ! DID THE INDIANS GO TO THE LOCAL GUN SHOP TO BUY THEIR REPEATING WEAPONS ? NO !

    FORTS AND WAGON TRAINS DID NOT HAVE SIGNS THAT STATED " GUN FREE ZONE".

    (4) Schools are gathering places; for whatever reasons they are forts. On the grounds of these forts are the signs from "overly educated idiots" that state "gun free zone".

    (5) What if the signs were worded, " Bomb free zone " ? The wording itself encourages and prompts the use of "bombs". DA ----------

    (6) Our taxes pay for 1 million dollar gyms, new school buses, new principal cars, and for all kinds of sporting activities. I say drive the school buses for 20 years, use the money this would save to build 8 foot fences around the school parameter, have ONLY one entry and egress gate ( just like a fort) and have several guards.

    (7) 2ND AMENDMENT RIGHT - what idiot would be a school teacher and not carry a firearm _ because they were told "not to carry" in violation of their 2nd amendment guarantee of self protection ?

    (8) Every school board member, the school district and the state MUST be litigated for terminating the right of every teacher to protect themselves wherever a school shooting occurs. THe parents of the kids that were shot and the adults that were shot MUST SUE ALL OF THESE DERELICTS ! SUE THEM ALL !

    (9) My dad was a teacher in N.W. Arkansas from the late 50's to the late 70's. He never went to school without his pistol. Never.
    In fact, when I played high school football and high school baseball all of the coaches carried weapons. My dad told me some of the board members carried weapons. HOW MANY ATTACKS WERE THERE AT OUR SCHOOL ? ZERO. NADA. NONE.

    (10) I have a concealed weapon permit . In California one goes through extreme background checks. Once approved, one must take an 8 hour "law" class. Thereafter, every 2 years one must take a 4 hour class to be issued their permit. One learns the "laws"in California protect the thugs. Even in imminent danger situations should one kill the aggressor to save themselves from death one will be arrested, and will have to spend approximately $150,000.00 or more to defend themselves. The law states the weapons MUST be locked in a safe, the ammunition stored elsewhere. How dumb is that ? The laws in California in every aspect protect the villain - the aggressor, the intruder. A thug can break into ones home in California and rape ones wife and yet one can not kill the bastard. But when the rapist is through raping ones wife he can kill everyone and only then can the husband go to their vault , spend 3 minutes to turn the tumbler and open the door to get the gun - and oh my - where is the ammo at ? Wait on me for 10 minutes - please Mr. thug raptist !

    A permit holder can carry their weapon on their body at all times but are not allowed into Sate and Federal buildings such as the Post Office, Banks, or Department of Motor Vehicles. So there it is. GUN FREE ZONES. These places are "GUN FREE ZONES".
    In my opinion a weapons permit holder becomes likened unto a coward. No arguments with anyone. Always backing down from confrontations. ( ones permit can be pulled for this behavior and their weapons seized)

    (10) EVERY TEACHER must have the right to protect themselves as guaranteed by the 2nd amendment. WHY ? Because the Indians are armed and they could be coming !


    THE 2ND AMENDMENT STATES - SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED !

  • marybeth zurzolo

    02/27/2018 08:28 AM

    She is absoltutely RIGHT! The media and some students from that school are turning this event into an attack at guns and the NRA. The NRA amd guns are NOT responsible for this school shooting. A flawed system that allowed this student to get guns, incompetent FBI and local police authorities, inadequate local mental health, social service system, the family that took this shooter in (who had some concerns and made some 911 calls of their own regarding him) and should have demanded more help from the local agencies and authorities, AND, a school district and school administration that had no real safety plan in place to protect students and employees of that school - these are ALL the contributing factors for the event happening.

  • David Morrison

    02/27/2018 12:40 AM

    The Ruger mini-14 is a tame-looking hunting rifle. It fires the same .223 round as the AR-14. Like the AR-14, it is a semi-automatic. Like the AR-14, it will accept a 30 round magazine. Its semi-automatic rate of fire matches the AR-15. One can buy several mini-14s for the price of one AR-15. Even though the mini-14 is just as capable of mass killings as the AR-15 I have not heard of calls to ban it. Why? Appearance! The anti-gun people have an unreasonable fear of a firearm that looks like a military weapon but ignore {for the present} other firearms that are just as deadly in the hands of a lunatic.
    By the way, a 12-guage pump shotgun loaded with six rounds of buckshot can put out 108 lethal projectiles in less than six seconds! Heaven help us if one of these lunatics is able to get his hand on a shotgun!

  • Margaret Hamm

    02/26/2018 10:47 PM

    She is right. I am from the Chicago area and it is very bad there. So many young kids get his buy stray bullets that are just children. Some babies. No one seems to care. Black on black crime is more or less ignored.

  • Sherry Garcia

    02/26/2018 09:23 PM

    Totally agree. The police and FBI failed all of them NOT the NRA

  • Sonia Jones

    02/26/2018 09:02 PM

    I think her most effective response was to the billboard that said "Kill the NRA". She said "Kill us all with what?"

  • Gayle Johnson

    02/26/2018 06:05 PM

    Oops, In my previous post left out the word NOT in the first sentence. It should read "Why were mass shootings NOT happening 50 years ago when guns were readily available and anti-gun laws were lenient? Why now?"

  • DustyHickey

    02/26/2018 06:03 PM

    Hello Gov. Watched Dana have fun with George yesterday on ABC. He tried over and over to trip her up and to put words in her mouth. she did not fall for this. She stood her ground. Say yes we need more control over who buys guns not just walk into Walmart and buy but have a central bank and a state bank on people who may not be qualified to ever own. Then you have private sales also who covers these? Main cause is the person . Trying Gov to understand why the media has not hardly talked of the two brothers in New York making bombs who were arrested why is this kept quiet? In Europe been bombs and big trucks not guns. Killing is killing and those who really want to find a way. Now also did the FBI and or the police drop the ball on this young man? How are we to call out for help when no one listens ?My heart aches for these families this is not our country Gov not the one I grew up in the 50. Need to ck on the internet use the games these kids play with killing over and over in them WHY? Hollyweird and the shows they give us on TV and in the movies WHY? Hardly a movie I can watch today. I keep to BBC and GPB and some series like House of Cards, Narcos and few others good acting and interesting. For sure not the media of 50 to the 90 today pretty bad. Now just all we can do is Pray. So sad to have lost a man who influenced my life for so many years Rev. Graham so miss him. I know the great place he now is with the Lord.

  • Gayle Johnson

    02/26/2018 05:32 PM

    In wake of the mass shooting in Parkland, FL I have read where people have asked the question "Why were mass shootings happening 50 years ago when guns were readily available and anti-gun laws were lenient? Why now?" I grew up in the 60s and graduated high school in 1972. Let's see what has happened in the last 50 years: 50 years ago we had respect for others and ourselves, we would NEVER think about shooting others, the worst weapon we had was a straw (or the barrel of a BIC pen) and spit balls (you could put an eye out); we respected authority; we called our friends parents Mr. and Mrs., our teachers Miss, Mrs. or Mr., our principal Mr. or Dr. (last name), our doctors Dr. (last name), not Dr. Bob, our pastors as Pastor Huckabee, not Pastor Mike; we respected our teachers and did not talk back to them and if we messed up in school we knew our parents would side with the teacher and spankings (being taken to the woodshed) were common, and we respected our parents for it. When dad said "knock it off!" we knocked it off or feel the belt on our back-end;
    In 50 years all respect for authority has become non-existent, police officers have been called "pigs" (NOT by me); the government has stepped into our schools and homes telling parents how they can and cannot discipline their child(ren). My own children tried pulling that "you can't touch me, I'll call the police" on me. (They learned that in public school.) I handed them the phone and said "Go ahead, what I'll get is time apart from you, 3 meals a day, and a cot. You will have to make your own lunch/dinner and wash your own clothes. Sounds like a vacation to me." They never pulled that nonsense on me again.
    Somewhere in the sixties (1963?) prayer was taken out of schools and you are not allowed to talk about God; now the only religion that is allowed to pray are Muslims, praying to Allah (in a special room). When my daughter was in middle school or high school they were allowed to read a book in class if they finished their assignment. My daughter pulled out her Bible; the teacher told her she could have a Bible in class, my daughter said "TOUGH!" and continued to read it. (I didn't even know she took her Bible to school.)
    What else happened in the last 50 years? The break down of the family; my own marriage broke down, but my children (now adults) knew the difference between right and wrong. Now there is no right or wrong, it's whatever is right for you.
    Now you have parents who want to be best buds with their children or you have some parents who are more concerned with getting high than seeing that their children are fed, bathed, have clean clothes, gotten off the school bus (I work for a school bus company), and that they have a set bedtime so the children are rested to be the best they can be and learn in school.
    I remember in the mid-seventies people were fighting for gay rights. Many people, at that time, were concerned that if the gay population were allowed to be teachers, scout leaders, etc. that their influence would overflow onto the children. It will never happen, we were told. RIIIGHT! Now in the school curriculum they are teaching alternative life styles are okay, normal, in fact. (You give a mouse a cookie . . . . and they want a glass of milk; you give them a glass of milk and . . . . . . . it never ends).
    45 years ago Roe v Wade was enacted, thus life for the unborn was inconsequential and now there are states where physician assisted suicides are legal.
    HIPPA laws: Now as a parent you have to sign a form in order for your child to take an aspirin at school, but the child can make the decision to have an abortion without the parent knowing about it.
    TV shows and Hollywood movies are filled with sex, vulgarity, and violence. In the 60s and 70s if the movie was a Walt Disney movie you knew it was clean, family oriented; not anymore . . . I'm sure Walt is rolling over in his grave with the filth that is on the screen under the name Walt Disney. In the 60s and 70s it was scandalous when Rhett Butler uttered the words "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn!" to Scarlett O'Hare in Gone With The Wind. Now the F bomb is being dropped in just about every sentence.
    I'm sure I could think of other things that have changed in the past 50 years, but the bottom line is once America turned its back on God things have been going to hell in a hand-basket.

  • John Parker

    02/26/2018 04:35 PM

    If I may change subjects since you have already spoken exactly as Jesus would regarding the gun situation in our country. But, this morning, I ran across a picture of YOUR daughter side by side with a picture of Uncle Fester. You remember Uncle Fester from the Addams Famiky, Mike? That steps over the line, Mike. To imply that Sarah looks at all like Uncle Fester is an abomination. I would invite you to Google Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Uncle Fester so you can see for yourself just how cruel some people are.

  • Tom Buttram

    02/26/2018 04:03 PM

    I don't think we need to market assault looking weapons, nor X Box simulated violence games.

  • Rita Payne

    02/26/2018 03:40 PM

    I am so proud of Dana and the way she takes on the anti-gun folks
    She is a great American.
    We must be able to defend our families.
    Laws do not mean anything to a sick, mentally ill, person or criminal.
    Hopefully, each State will allow teachers to have concealed carry or at least armed retires police at the schools.

  • Patricia A. McMahon

    02/26/2018 02:09 PM

    We need to enforce the laws already on the books! New laws will be useless 'feel good' garbage. Look at Chicago and Washington, DC; they have the strictest gun laws on the books. They also have the highest crime rates in the nation. Let's improve the reporting functions to the Background Check System and ENFORCE the gun laws we already have. Let's CLEAN UP the screw ups that have happened in the past; ESPECIALLY the errors that allowed the killing spree in Florida.

    As for the CNN disaster that hit Sen Rubio and Dana Loesch; I plan to join the NRA. I'm not a gun owner, THAT DOESN'T mean I don't support the 2nd Amendment. Oh, and I WON'T be shopping
    at any of the Companies that dropped the NRA. They are free to exercise their business decisions;
    as I AM ALSO FREE to shop where I wish.

  • Alan C. Fitzgerald

    02/26/2018 02:08 PM

    Mike,
    You are right on target!
    There is no way our police departments all over the nation can stop those who have dedicated their lives to killing! They only come in AFTER the killing has occurred! Waiting for the police to arrive is NOT an option!
    I protect my family by being prepared to defend them with whatever means I have at the time!
    It may not be perfect, but if I have the up front knowledge, no one will ever harm my family!
    Alan

  • Diane Woodard

    02/26/2018 01:20 PM

    Dana is right! Our American Society has been in decline since the sixties. Throught the news I saw the riots at Kent State, cried and prayed over Vietnam as most of my school mates were deployed there. Hearing of their deaths, I was shocked and horrfied to the core. I was worried for the black people as I was afraid for them and their safety, corruption in government was exposed...............I had lost my innocence in these worldy events. The real world became known to me with a wretched force.
    Nonetheless, the breakdown of family, riots, sit- ins and all the unlawful conduct
    only grew as people moved away from religeous our "old American values" Add the violence on TV, in movies, on the internet loss of integrity in public have all led up to these dire, senseless actions by persons who have no concience.
    Our law enforcement people are hard pressed by these things but they really need a responsible person to receive these warning call and a clear rapid relay method of reporting them to the proper authorities. (Maybe a specific phone # like 911 only for this type of reporting.

  • keith wingfield

    02/26/2018 12:42 PM

    The primary reason that AR-15s should not be banned is that the criminals will always have access to them. The 'banning" will apply only to the honest homeowners. such a development will leave the criminal element armed with more power than the honest people whom the criminals wish to take advantage of.
    If the government cannot effectively ban illegal drugs and illegal aliens, then why would anybody think that the government can keep guns away from the criminals?
    Yet, I have not heard this fact mentioned in the mainstream media. Not even Fox News makes mention of this. I do not understand why.

  • Barbara Chapman

    02/26/2018 12:34 PM

    I would very much appreciate knowing, ... how did this person manage to get on the school campus and enter the building without anyone noting he was armed ? I must have missed that part of all the reporting of this horrible incident !!!

  • Harvey Green

    02/26/2018 12:26 PM

    With you 100%. Keep promoting the truth. The left has taken over the entire educational system and putting out a terrible product that's destroying our country. Stay with it great lady we have your back.

  • Harvey Green

    02/26/2018 12:25 PM

    With you 100%. Keep promoting the truth. The left has taken over the entire educational system and putting out a terrible product that's destroying our country. Stay with it great lady we have your back.

  • Harvey Green

    02/26/2018 12:25 PM

    With you 100%. Keep promoting the truth. The left has taken over the entire educational system and putting out a terrible product that's destroying our country. Stay with it great lady we have your back.

  • Richard Zoia

    02/26/2018 12:11 PM

    Thanks Mike for putting into words even a liberal might understand. Just another glittering jewel of government INcompetence.
    DRAIN THE SWAMP!!!!

  • Brian Banashak

    02/26/2018 12:03 PM

    I'm sorry, Mike, but as a long-time Republican, conservative, and grandfather to 12, I've got to break with you on this gun issue. I don't see why we need AR-15s to hunt or protect our families and homes. This is overkill (pun intended). Let's round up all of the assault weapons and allow only our military and law enforcement to have them. This will do no injustice to the Second Amendment and perhaps at least slow down the deathly intentions of would be killers.