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NC lawmaker plumbs new depths with outrageous attack on #MarchforOurLives kids

Rep. Beverly Boswell

North Carolina legislative and Republican Party leaders should demand an immediate apology from State Rep. Beverly Boswell. And no, it’s not just for the recent revelation that Boswell has been fibbing about her professional career.

As Raleigh’s News & Observer reported yesterday, Boswell has accused speakers at the recent March for Our Lives rally against gun violence as wanting to “murder of those who would not turn over their guns to the government.”

This is, in a word, insane.

And if anyone had even the slighted doubt about the matter, the N&O explicitly debunked the claim:

“The March For Our Lives website doesn’t say anything about forcefully taking guns from gun owners, much less harming them.

The organization says it wants universal, comprehensive background checks and a digitized, searchable database of guns at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (known as ATF). It also wants bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, as well as funds for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research gun violence.

March For Our Lives has the support of several large, liberal organizing groups that support gun control. And a survey of the Washington marchers found that protesters there were largely liberal, with 79 percent of those who were randomly surveyed identifying as ‘left-leaning.’

But the group doesn’t appear to have ties to groups with a history of advocating violence. PolitiFact recently debunked a claim by the National Rifle Association that the March For Our Lives is “backed by radicals with a history of violent threats, language and actions.”

And this is from a Think Progress post by Melanie Schmitz:
“We are not trying to take away everybody’s guns away, and the NRA wants people to think that,” Marjory Stoneman Douglas student Cameron Kasky said in a speech the day of the march. “They are fearmongers. They want to sell weapons by exploiting people’s fears. So, the second we want to put common-sense resolutions on these assault weapons, the NRA will say they are trying to steal every single one of your guns, and people believe them. Fortunately, the majority of the American people see past this.”
The bottom line: Republican leaders need to call Rep. Boswell out and demand that she apologize for her outrageous and incendiary words. Unfortunately, in a state in which outrageous statements and behavior are pretty much the stock-in-trade for the executive director of the state Republican Party, this seems like a long shot.

2 Comments


  1. Alan

    March 31, 2018 at 11:17 am

    There will be no apology forthcoming, this is simply a matter of pandering to the extremist 2nd amendment fanatics in an effort to secure more funding from the NRA. I oftentimes wonder if these loons actually believe what they say, or its all just an effort to placate their rather deranged “deep state” conspiracy theory supporting base?

  2. Alan

    March 31, 2018 at 11:28 am

    PS. let’s face it, “nurse” is a lot easier to spell than flem-phlem-plegm-bot-inist-onist, of heck let’s just say she’s a “nurse” shall we?

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