This is one actress who can flub a line.
When Hollywood star and anti-gun activist Alyssa Milano weighed on Twitter this week after Tuesday’s attack on the YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California, she not only drew an apparent link between the National Rifle Association and the violence, she also decided to inject the subject of race into the conversation.
But it didn’t take long for a black NRA spokesman to obliterate the argument with one quick tweet.
Milano’s latest wrong-headed foray into the debate came Tuesday night, when she passed along a late March Twitter posting from NRATV criticizing YouTube’s decision to ban content that dealt with the sale or assembly of firearms.
Coming when it did, before the full facts of Tuesday’s attack were widely known, Milano’s post clearly implied there was a connection between the attack and YouTube’s decision.
Maybe she really thought an NRA member had finally decided to satisfy one of the left’s deepest fantasies by becoming a mass shooter? (It hasn’t happened yet.)
Or, more likely, she was just trying to push the guilt-by-association argument so many liberals have adopted since the latest national hysteria over gun rights started with the Feb. 14 shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Either way, Milano’s tweet left little room for doubt about the contempt she holds for an organization committed to defending one of the rights Americans are guaranteed in the Constitution.
“If @NRA or @NRATv were run by brown or black people, it would be labeled a terrorist organization with hate propaganda programming that incites violence,” she wrote.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) April 3, 2018
Well, as many gun rights activists know — but Milano probably doesn’t — the NRA not only has black members among its board of directors, it also has a sharp-witted spokesman named Colion Noir who has been more than up to the challenge of dealing with the post-Parkland assault on gun rights.
His response to Milano was dead on.
That’s odd because I spent all last week being called a Terrorist by people who say what you just said only without the passive aggressive tone. https://t.co/fv5o2AzVZP
— Colion Noir (@MrColionNoir) April 4, 2018
“That’s odd because I spent all last week being called a Terrorist by people who say what you just said only without the passive aggressive tone,” he wrote.
But that only proves that bobbleheads like Milano aren’t confined to the entertainment world.
Fortunately, articulate NRA supporters are out there, too, which isn’t really a surprise, given that with an estimated membership of 5 million, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization has about 10 times as many members as the NAACP does, and almost three times as many members as the ACLU.
And many of them weren’t shy about slamming Milano:
Black NRA Board Members:
Carl Rowan Jr.
I'm a gay Jewish NRA member. The NRA is the oldest civil rights organization and helped ensure Black Americans had access to their 2nd amendment rights to defend against the KKK. https://t.co/jMIZR2S48y
— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) April 4, 2018
@Alyssa_Milano this is such an irresponsible statement. In a century that has scene beheadings, mass death in the WTC, and genocide to call a nonviolent advocate for the 2nd amendment is so far off. Disappointing to read stuff like this.
— Daniel Grajeda (@DanielGrajeda5) April 4, 2018
And there’s the thing.
The liberal stars of Hollywood and Democrat politics love to point fingers at the conservative end of the political spectrum, with accusations of racism, sexism, “terrorism” or what have you.
But as the whole world knows now, Hollywood is rife with its own rapacious sexism, and as for Democrats coddling terrorists, they do it with the real thing — Iranian leaders, for instance — not middle aged guys in Iowa who like to go to gun ranges.
Milano has made a career being able to memorize a script someone else wrote and regurgitating it in front of a camera. When it comes to politics, she might want to let someone else do the thinking, too.
She flubbed this one badly.
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