On February 14, 2018, a shooter opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen students and members of the school staff were killed, and seventeen more were injured.
In a Fox News conversation between Tucker Carlson and Dana Loesch, Carlson calls the survivors of the shooting “demagogues” and Loesch said that the survivors should feel “ashamed” of themselves for not agreeing with her viewpoint on guns during a town hall meeting.
Loesch, a spokesperson for the NRA, went to the town hall meeting and was met with angry accusations that she was not truly standing up for the victims of the shooting if she was advocating for guns.
Loesch says of the meeting, “What this town hall did, was set dialogue back by I don’t know how much. It pushed dialogue back. It was an embarrassing display of bias, and they should feel ashamed instead of back patting themselves for this. Honestly, one last thing Tucker, this, for them to say this advanced the national conversation on gun control is like saying the Salem Witch Trials advanced the conversation on women’s rights. That is exactly what this was like. It was an embarrassment and they should be ashamed.”
Carlson agreed, asserting that the victims were “leveraging” the school shooting.