NRA spokeswoman comments on Philando Castile shooting (VIDEO)
By Daniel Terrill
A National Rifle Association spokeswoman said the comments she made this week on the death of Philando Castile, a black man killed by police after disclosing he had legal concealed weapon during a traffic stop, was the organization’s official stance.
Dana Loesch, special assistant to NRA’s executive vice president for public communication and a conservative talk show host, called the incident “a terrible tragedy that could have been avoided” during an appearance on CNN.
“I don’t agree with every single decision that comes out from courtrooms in America,” Loesch said. “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. Do I believe that Philando Castile deserved to lose his life over a stop? I absolutely do not.”
Loesch made the appearance to defend comments she made in an NRA membership video against critic Tamika Mallory, president of the Women’s March, who appeared alongside her on CNN. Mallory had penned a letter asking the NRA to retract Loesch’s video because it “appear(s) to be a direct endorsement of violence” against people, especially those of color, for exercising their right to free speech. She also requested the NRA, as