National Rifle Association spokesperson Dana Loesch and Women's March co-organizer Tamika Mallory trade verbal jabs over the NRA's lackluster response concerning the recent Philando Castile police-involved shooting verdict.
During a Sunday, July 9 CNN appearance, Loesch denied allegations from critics who claimed that the NRA's recent ad —an ad she was featured in—was a call to violence on the nation's progressives.
The Women’s March organizers responded in an open letter calling for the NRA to retract the potentially dangerous ad and to issue an apology. However, the NRA refused and the Women’s March organizers plan to protest the organization July 14 and 15, according to the Huffington Post.
The 10-minute segment was dominated by discussion of the June 16 Castile verdict that found Jeronimo Yanez not guilty of wrongdoing in the death of legal gun owner Castile. Mallory grilled the spokesperson for the NRA's relative silence in the weeks following the verdict. But Loesch claimed she has spoken out on the issue before Sunday's CNN appearance.
“I don’t agree with every single decision that comes out from courtrooms of America. There are a lot of variables in this particular case and there were a lot of things that I wish would have been done differently,” Loesch told the CNN host. “Do I believe that Philando Castile deserved to lose his life over a [traffic] stop? I absolutely do not. I also think that this is why we have things like NRA carry guard, not only to reach out to the citizens to go over what to do during stops like this but also to work with law enforcement so that they understand what citizens are experiencing when they go through stops like this.”
According to the Associate Press, Yanez has accepted a buyout of $48,500 Monday, July 10.