NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch may enjoy pretending that she’s tough, but a journalist who also owns guns is calling Loesch out in an essay that has quickly gone viral.
Linda Tirado, author of Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America, has some strong words for Loesch in a piece she wrote for the Daily Beast, telling Loesch:
“You don’t scare me, and nor do your crazed fans. You’re real used to being the armed one in a conversation, and that’s a reasonable assumption. Most journalists who call out your bullshit aren’t gun owners. Nor are they from an NRA family. Most journalists don’t live near the holler. Most of us didn’t come from the bottom. But I am, and I do, and I did.
I’m not afraid of you, or your single percent of the population, or the money of the people who pay you, or your clenched fists.”
Labeling Loesch a “laughingstock,” Tirado then addresses an ad Loesch appears in that suggests the NRA will somehow find journalists who oppose them and that their “time is running out”:
“Let me answer your most recent ‘ad’ quite directly: Come for me. No, really. Are you not just a shill? Do you believe the words you are happy to say, or is it just the paycheck that keeps you on air? You said my time was running out, and as far as science is concerned your hourglass is finite. I’m waiting for you, since you issued your vague challenge. Maybe that’s another difference between where we come from; in my mountains we don’t issue ultimatums we don’t mean to follow up on. It would be a sign of weakness to issue an empty threat.”
Young people like the brave Parkland survivors, Tirado warns Loesch, will wind up being the end of the gun lobby in America:
“When you are old, you will consider your life and find it ash in your mouth while you watch today’s children systematically undoing your life’s work. They don’t fear you any more than I do, and they will win.”