Actress Alyssa Milano is being correctly branded a hypocrite after she attended an “anti-NRA” rally with armed security. Milano is basically declaring guns perfectly acceptable tools to protect herself, but the rest of us are less than deserving.
Milano spoke at the NoRA protest in Dallas on Saturday, a demonstration organized to coincide with the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) annual convention. According to RT, footage shared by writer Ben Howe shows NRA member Will Haraway ask security guards beside Milano whether they’re armed. In the clip, the guard ignores the question and repeatedly asks him to leave, escorting him away from Milano. “Alyssa you’re a hypocrite,” Haraway shouts. “You have armed security here!”
This is Will Haraway a CCW @nra member. He asked @Alyssa_Milano’s security if he was armed (he was) and then asked Alyssa about it. Here’s what happened. (She comes to talk to him after this and I will post that longer video shortly). pic.twitter.com/qMsq6rbzDd
— Ben (@BenHowe) May 5, 2018
The video prompted outrage and cries of hypocrisy from NRA supporters and gun owners across social media. NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch shared the footage, criticizing Milano for having “armed security chase Texans out of a public park simply because they asked if she uses armed defense (that she wants to deny others).”
Loesch is right about this one: that does make Milano the hypocrite she’s been branded.
Anti-gun Californian @Alyssa_Milano has armed security chase Texans out of a public park simply because they asked if she uses armed defense (that she wants to deny others). Wow. https://t.co/w9Mq3zJXVr
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) May 5, 2018
Milano responded to the criticism:
“For the record, my personal bodyguard was not armed,” Milano later tweeted of the confrontation.
For the record, my personal bodyguard was not armed.
I had no control over what the Dallas PD and event coordinators planned to protect me.
I guess much like the gun lobby had no control over the secret service banning guns at the gun convention.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 5, 2018
The NoRA group says it’s not anti-gun or anti-Second Amendment, but wants responsible gun ownership, increased checks and balances for gun purchasers, and for the NRA’s potential influence on lawmakers through campaign funding reduced. The ethics of Milano’s guard being armed or not was further argued online by both sides of the gun ownership debate on Twitter.
Milano said she created the organization NoRA, which organized the second rally, to combat the influence that the gun lobby wields with U.S. politicians. “It debilitates our lawmakers from implementing common-sense gun reform,” Milano said in an interview.
The one thing all gun control activists can’t wrap their minds around though, is that if killers buy their guns legally and pay the proper fees and taxes, gun control does not work. And if they instead, skirt the laws and obtain their guns illegally before killing people, gun control does not work. So either way, the gun control side is always wrong.
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