Actress and anti-gun activist Alyssa Milano says that a National Rifle Association member was “sent” to an #NoRA rally in Dallas over the weekend to “intimidate” her.
Milano appeared at the rally with her own gun-toting guards in tow, which smacked of hypocrisy to some, considering her anti-gun stance.
What’s the background?
An NRA member approached the liberal actress, who was speaking Saturday at an anti-gun rally in Dallas. The NRA simultaneously held its annual convention in Dallas over the weekend.
Conservative writer Ben Howe caught the exchange on video.
The incident featured a conversation between the unnamed NRA member and one of Milano’s bodyguards (a second video features Milano herself).
The NRA member can be heard asking if Milano’s guards were armed.
Despite the NRA member’s ease in carrying on a civil conversation, one of Milano’s bodyguards eventually maneuvered the NRA member away from the area in which the actress was speaking, effectively ending any dialogue.
This is Will Haraway a CCW @nra member. He asked @Alyssa_Milano’s security if he was armed (he was) and then asked Alyssa about it. Here’s what happened. (She comes to talk to him after this and I will post that longer video shortly). pic.twitter.com/qMsq6rbzDd
— Ben (@BenHowe) May 5, 2018
What’s happening now?
Howe shared the second video on Monday, which featured the NRA member’s verbal exchange with Milano.
On Wednesday, Milano retweeted the video and wrote, “My conversation with an NRA member sent to the #NoRA Rally to intimidate me.”
Along with her tweet, the actress-turned-activist shared video featuring the discussion between her and the NRA member.
— Ben (@BenHowe) May 8, 2018
Despite the conversation between the NRA member and Milano being what appeared to be quite civil, Milano still insisted that the man was sent to “intimidate” her.
One person having none of it was NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch, who responded to Milano’s tweet on Tuesday.
Loesch wrote, “No one ‘sent’ anyone anywhere to ‘intimidate’ you. The man was walking with his young sons and when he politely asked question (on video) your hired gun pushed him from the public park, in front of his kids. The law-abiding NRA member deescalated the situation your guard caused.”
No one “sent” anyone anywhere to “intimidate” you. The man was walking with his young sons and when he politely asked question (on video) your hired gun pushed him from the public park, in front of his kids. The law-abiding NRA member deescalated the situation your guard caused. https://t.co/lrCPhY9SB1
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) May 8, 2018