One year after his death, the NRA has FINALLY come out against the police shooting of Philando Castile. Castile, who had a concealed carry permit and was carrying a legally owned firearm, was murdered by police last July during a routine traffic stop. Castile informed the officer that he was carrying a weapon, but was still gunned down in front of his fiancé and her young daughter while sitting in his vehicle.
Up to this point, the NRA had said that they would “wait until all of the facts about the case were know” prior to commenting on it.
Would their reaction have been the same had Castile been a WHITE concealed carry member who was gunned down by police just for having a legal weapon on his person? According to Women’s March co-organizer Tamika Mallory, the lack of reaction on the part of the NRA is very telling as to who they do and do not believe is protected by the Second Amendment:
The NRA does not believe in protecting black and brown lives. They are not an organization that represents all people. Because if, in fact, the NRA was an organization that represents all people, why would you not have a response to Philando Castile?
Mallory goes on to mention the NRA’s controversial ad, an ad that Women’s March organizers are planning a against because it is so inflammatory:
Dana Loesch’s NRA ad makes it very clear … that not only will the NRA not defend and protect black and brown lives, they will also take up arms against black and brown people.
During a recent interview on CNN, Mallory confronted NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch about the new ad and about the NRA’s silence on the Philando Castile case. It was only after Mallory’s prompting that Loesch finally came out against Castile’s death on behalf of the NRA, calling his death “awful” and a “terrible tragedy.”
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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.
Wait, did she just turn Castile’s death into an advertising moment for the NRA? Is she insinuating that had Castile or the officer gone through their training this could have been avoided? Pretty sure Castile did everything you are supposed to do in that situation, and he was still shot and killed by that officer.
Maybe the NRA should start a new program entitled “Killing Black People is Wrong, Even if You ARE a Police Officer” or better yet, “How to Look White So You Don’t Accidentally Get Killed During a Traffic Stop.”
Watch (we apologize for the video quality):