TheBlaze TV host Dana Loesch said she expected far-left groups to attack her new book, “Hands Off My Gun,” which seeks to make the definitive case in favor of the Second Amendment. But Media Matters' attempt to “fact check” her book was so bad that Loesch said she had to address it on her show Thursday.
“Media Matters, which is the brainchild of paranoid freakazoid David Brock, went after my book by saying — and I’m not even making this up, hands to sky — that I had misquoted the Founding Fathers,” Loesch began.
The host went on to explain that Media Matters took issue with the fact that she included an excerpt of a George Washington speech, rather than the entire statement. However, Loesch argued the full statement only further proves how pro-Second Amendment Washington was:
"A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories, as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies."
Media Matters claimed Washington “made it clear he was talking about the creation of a national defense strategy.” But Loesch argued Washington clearly meant citizens should not only be armed, but trained as well.
The second quote in question is one attributed to Thomas Jefferson, who was quoting eighteenth-century criminologist Cesare Beccaria:
"The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."
Media Matters only case against the quote is that Jefferson may not have “necessarily” been quoting Beccaria “approvingly.”
“Rest assured folks, Media Matters lived up to its longstanding reputation of hackish-ness,” Loesch said. “You did a better job of proving the Founding Fathers didn’t just support guns for civilians, but they hardcore supported it.”
Watch the rest of the segment via TheBlaze TV here: