Everyone Is Tweeting Tamir Rice’s Name To NRA Spokeswoman Over Hypocritical Tweet
NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch, a crisis actor, responded to a tweet by NBC News that asked whether, in the era of school and police shootings, kids should get toy guns for Christmas presents. Loesch said, “They’re TOYS. Let kids be kids” but in 2014 when 12-year-old Tamir Rice was gunned down in a playground by police while holding a toy gun, the NRA spokeswoman blamed the young victim.
Following Tamir’s tragic death, Loesch wrote, “But the fact is that even if both the caller and the police were in the wrong, so was the boy.”
Welp, she sure has changed her stance and it can’t possibly be because Tamir was black, right?
They’re TOYS. Let kids be kids, it’s also a good opportunity to teach responsibility. https://t.co/Ts03ScuYBT
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) December 21, 2018
So, hundreds, perhaps thousands, of tweets featuring Tamir Rice’s name were sent to Loesch.
— Mesfin ቲ Frew (መስፍን) (@maf8219) December 21, 2018
I wonder why this didn’t apply to Tamir Rice… 🤨
— Amanda D. (@librarianbug) December 21, 2018
— Julie (@Buellie1208) December 21, 2018
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— which way Jose?🇺🇸 🇩🇴 (@kingwala1) December 21, 2018
I bet if Tamir Rice could talk, he’d disagree.
— Zach (@zachwhite) December 21, 2018
Tamir Rice could not be reached for comment. https://t.co/uULw57PjFT
— Scott Charles (@TheScottCharles) December 21, 2018
We should ask #tamirrice what he thinks about this. Oh, wait….
— Patrick L (@patjameswi) December 21, 2018
I scolded my 7 year old son for picking up a nerf gun today in a store because I’m afraid of the consequences. 🗣 SAY HIS NAME #TamirRice
— Cherita Explains It All (@cheritaisrandom) December 22, 2018
Does “let kids be kids” and play with toy guns apply to Black kids?
Tamir Rice was being a kid.
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) December 22, 2018
Did you ever get around to speaking up for Tamir Rice?
— Jay McKinnon (@opendna) December 21, 2018
Come again? pic.twitter.com/w9C93tgzGb
— Fortitude1913 (@Fortitude1913) December 21, 2018
Tamir Rice pic.twitter.com/Z2i1CUZwZ8
— VeryLegal&VeryCoolJacey (@JaceyBax) December 22, 2018
Just thought I’d take this opportunity to remind the world that four years ago a 13-year-old boy named Andy Lopez was shot and killed by a Santa Rosa police officer for carrying one of these toys.
— Dale Henry Geist (@dalehenrygeist) December 21, 2018
Loesch blamed Tamir Rice, 12, for “brandishing” a toy gun: https://t.co/2plooAz2SP
In 2015/2016, police fatally shot 86 people afted mistaking toy guns for real guns: https://t.co/aWS2k1z7Ze
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) December 21, 2018
I couldn’t find one tweet in support of Loesch in that long thread. For the record, the police officer who shot and killed Tamir fired within two seconds after the patrol car he was riding in pulled up next to the boy. It’s all on video but the NRA failed once again to support the victim