Last night, emotional students who survived the sickening Florida school shooting and their parents confronted the US gun lobby and politicians at a town hall event organised by CNN.
Florida senator Marco Rubio was booed by the crowd and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch was taken to task for her organisation’s extreme pro-gun positions.
One shooting survivor, Cameron Kasky, challenged Sen. Rubio by asking: “Can you tell me right now that you will not accept a single donation from the NRA?”
Meanwhile, the father of a killed student told him: “Your comments this week and those of our President have been pathetically weak.”
And school shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez, who has become a leader in the new gun control movement, asked the NRA spokeswoman: “Do you believe it should be harder to obtain semi-automatic weapons?”
Student Emma Gonzalez: Do you believe it should be harder to obtain semi-automatic weapons?— CNN (@CNN) February 22, 2018
NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch: "I don't believe that this insane monster should have ever been able to obtain a firearm" https://t.co/V50uSUR7r8 #StudentsStandUp https://t.co/P5Sioleoss
It was a night filled with incredible sadness and anger – but also the smallest glimmer of hope that there could, maybe, be some steam building behind a push for tighter gun laws in America.
But further controversy erupted on Twitter after the NRA tweeted out a gif from the show Parks and Recreation thanking Dana Loesch for representing them.
“Thank you for being the voice of over 5 Million NRA members,” they said.
Parks and Rec writer and director Michael Schur, who goes by Ken Tremendous on Twitter, replied to the post: “Hi, please take this down. I would prefer you not use a GIF from a show I worked on to promote your pro-slaughter agenda.
“Also, Amy isn’t on twitter, but she texted me a message: ‘Can you tweet the NRA for me and tell them I said fuck off?’”
Hi, please take this down. I would prefer you not use a GIF from a show I worked on to promote your pro-slaughter agenda.— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) February 22, 2018
Also, Amy isn't on twitter, but she texted me a message: "Can you tweet the NRA for me and tell them I said fuck off?" https://t.co/YXSdzCdvdd
Amy’s co-star Adam Scott added: “Hey @nra please stay the fuck away from Leslie Knope.”
And Nick Offerman, who played Leslie’s boss Ron Swanson, said: “Our good-hearted show and especially our Leslie Knope represent the opposite of your pro-slaughter agenda - take it down and also please eat shit.”
As anyone who’s watched the show knows, you do NOT mess with Leslie Knope. She will come for you and she will come hard. And the whole cast and crew have her back on this one.