In a heated debate Thursday night with Democratic strategist Nomiki Konst, Blaze personality Dana Loesch argued that, by attempting to regulate the AR-15, progressives are effectively launching a "war on women."
Konst, who argued that the "good guy with a gun" is only marginally successful when it comes to stopping an active shooter, told Loesch that efforts to increase gun control is "not about ‘giving us your gun,'" but is instead about "about expanded background checks."
But Loesch didn't buy Konst's claim: "Yes it is," she interjected.
"No, it’s not, Dana. No one’s saying—," Konst shot back, before the discussion devolved into a yelling match of sorts between the two commentators.
At the most heated point in the debate, Kelly asked Loesch why the AR-15, the rifle widely discussed since the Orlando terror attack, needs to be available to the general public. In response, the conservative firebrand said, "This is a war on women because the AR-15 is the most popular weapon with women."
"Oh, come on, Dana!" Konst exclaimed. "You’re talking about—."
At that, the debate escalated again and Kelly cut the two women off.
It is important to note, however, that the gun the Orlando shooter used was not actually an AR-15, as many outlets first reported. Shooter Omar Mateen used Sig Sauer MCX rifle and a Glock 17 9mm pistol, both of which he purchased legally.
Loesch's comments come the same day she was tapped by the National Rifle Association to be the gun-lobbying group's special advisor on women's policy.
"I applaud Wayne LaPierre for his vision to bring greater advocacy to bear for the Second Amendment freedom of all Americans, especially women," Loesch said in a statement. "I look forward to facing the national news media and defending our freedom with great enthusiasm."
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