Dana Loesch, the National Rifle Association’s melodramatic propagandist, is sounding the alarm on San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo’s push to surveil every gun purchase in the city. In a few-minute video broadcast at the start of this week by NRA TV against a backdrop of what looks like police lights, Loesch warns her viewers of the sinister plan.
“Mayor Sam Liccardo is pushing for city legislation that would require—get this—every single firearms transaction to be recorded. It’s like a de facto registry,” she breathlessly reported. “Both video and audio recording. That’s a gun registry.”
The response included some of the kind of alarmist conniptions one would expect from gun-nut Twitter, but seems mostly to have backfired. Plenty of people applauded the mayor’s proposal and scoffed at the pundit’s fear-mongering.
“You mean like Wal-Mart does?” @TheAnderMind tweeted, noting that the superstore has videotaped gun buys for years.
“The NRA is the PETA of guns,” @wraphouse01 quipped.
“Don’t drink Dana’s beet juice,” @JohnTumor tweeted, “it’s the blood of gun victims.”
As for Liccardo, he welcomed the publicity.
“Happy Monday @DLoesch/@NRA: Thx for spreading the word about our new gun safety proposal,” Liccardo cheerfully replied. “In the hour it took you to shoot & edit this video, 4 people died from gun violence.”
@ Other U.S. cities: feel free to DM me if you’d like a copy of our proposal to use as a template. https://t.co/0p4J6lXnVL
— Sam Liccardo (@sliccardo) February 25, 2019
Loesch responded to the mayor’s rejoinder a jab about San Jose’s relatively low prosecution rates: "Can u explain why u haven’t done anything about it or why your sanctuary policy impedes enforcement of gun laws?”
Liccardo let her have the last word and took advantage of the PR boost. He capped his initial re-tweet—which garnered about four times the “likes” as the one with Loesch’s video—with an invitation. “Other U.S. cities: feel free to DM me if you’d like a copy of our proposal to use as a template.”