“Please describe how you would make illegal possession illegal-er.”
National Rifle Association spokeswomanDana Loesch reacted to Rep. Ilhan Omar’s calls for “gun safety reform” in the wake of a Tuesday school shooting in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, by asking the Minnesota Democrat how she planned on making illegally possessed firearms “illegal-er.”
“I am heartbroken about this shooting in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. We cannot allow ourselves to become accustomed to this violence, we must act and pass gun safety reform now,” Omar said in a tweet one day after the shooting at Stem High School, which claimed the life of one student and injured eight others.
Loesch responded with a tweet of her own, which alluded to the fact that the purchase of handguns is illegal for persons under the age of 21 in Colorado. “The murderers used illegally possessed handguns that one must be 21 to purchase or carry. Please describe how you would make illegal possession illegal-er,” the NRATV host tweeted.
The murderers used illegally possessed handguns that one must be 21 to purchase or carry. Please describe how you would make illegal possession illegal-er. https://t.co/mAoF9vCx5t
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) May 8, 2019
Police believe that the guns used in the Colorado shooting were stolen from the parents of 18-year-old suspect Devon Erickson, sources told a local ABC affiliate in Denver. CNN confirmed the report with a law enforcement source, who said the guns were purchased legally.
Details are still emerging about Erickson and fellow suspect, 16-year-old Alec McKinney, born Maya McKinney. Both suspects appeared in court Wednesday.
According to Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock, two handguns were used in the shooting, and police also recovered a rifle. Spurlock said that police responded to the shooting in under two minutes.
Local news outlets reported that Erickson does not have a criminal record. However, the young man has a well-documented record of anti-conservative activism on social media.
Erickson, a registered Democrat who expressed support for LGBT rights, said on Facebook in 2014 that he hated Christians for their beliefs about homosexuality.
McKinney, a biological female, is reportedly undergoing a female to male transition and identifies as male.
During a Wednesday court appearance, lawyers for McKinney – who is a biological female legally named Maya – asked that their client’s preferred pronouns be respected and that McKinney be referred to as “he.”
Stem High School shooting survivors stormed out of a gun-control rally Wednesday, saying that their grief was being inappropriately politicized.
The event was billed primarily as a vigil for Kendrick Castillo, 18, the student killed in the attack Tuesday in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. However, speakers at the school’s packed gymnasium were mostly politicians and activists who urged Congress to pass more restrictive gun law.
After about 30 minutes, hundreds of students walked out in anger and tears. They shouted: “This is not for us,” “Political stunt,” and “We are people, not a statement.”