Mother Of Philando Castile Calls Out NRA Spokeswoman For Suggesting Botham Jean Could Have Prevented His Killing
Because somehow, we're always to blame for our slayings.
September 13, 2018 at 3:04 pm
NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch is on that bulls**t again.
The conservative NRA pundit has been called out by the mother of the late Philando Castile after she suggested 26-year-old Botham Jean would still be alive if he'd been armed.
Loesch made the foolish implication during a Monday appearance on NRA TV. Jean died last Thursday when he was shot by Dallas police officer Amber Guyger in his apartment. Guyger claims she went into Jean’s apartment thinking it was her own and that Jean was an intruder. She has since been charged with manslaughter and placed on administrative leave.
Loesch fixed her lips to say Jean would still be alive he, a black man, had a gun to defend himself.
“Right. This could have been very different if Botham Jean had been, say he was a law-abiding gun owner and he saw somebody coming into his apartment,” Loesch said.
Sure. A black man. With a gun. Would be safer in the presence of a cop.
“I mean, there’s no — I don’t think there’s any context that the actions would have been justified," she continued. "If I see somebody coming into my house and I’m not expecting them and they’re walking in like they own the place, I would — I would act to defend myself. And this could have been very differently had he actually had a firearm on him. Maybe it would be a different individual, she might be the one carried out.”
A day later, Loesch doubled down on her comments and blamed Castile, who had been legally carrying a firearm, for his own death.
Castile died in 2016 after officer Jeronimo Yanez shot him during a traffic stop, seconds after he’d told Yanez he had a gun in his possession. Yanez was charged with manslaughter but was later acquitted.
“If I would have just told the cop that I had a gun and I was grabbing my waistband 10 times, I would have gotten shot too,” Loesch said, referring to Castile.
Valerie Castile, his mother, said Loesch’s comments were “reckless” and “one-sided.”
“[Jean] was in his own home. Inside a nice building with security. He had a right to feel safe in his own home. He wasn’t expecting someone to come in uninvited. He shouldn’t have to always keep a gun on his hip. That’s asinine,” Valerie told The New York Daily News.
“That officer was dead wrong. Just hold her accountable. Don’t try to spin the story. My son was a good guy, and (the NRA) tried to spin it," she continued. "The truth is, he’s dead for being honest and telling the truth.”
Valerie believes the situation would have been worse if Jean had a gun.
“If he was telling her he had a weapon, it would have been a shootout. He would have been a black man with a gun. You can’t use those three words in one sentence,” she said.
“There’s a mentality with some police that a black man with a gun is deemed a threat no matter what.”
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