National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch said Sunday that she has been forced to move from her California home after receiving death threats from “gun control advocates.”
The conservative commentator explained her reasons for moving in a series of tweets, relaying a few of the many threats she received, some made recently in the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
Loesch also used the MeToo hashtag, which started on twitter as a result of allegations that movie producer Harvey Weinstein had for years sexually harassed and abused women. She said she included the hashtag to highlight the sexual harassment and threats she’s had to endure, particularly as a woman who supports the Second Amendment.
“Spent my weekend preparing to move due to repeated threats from gun control advocates,” she tweeted, attaching a picture of garbage bags filled with her belongings.
“One guy hunted down my private cell phone number, called when police were here, threatened to shoot me in my front yard,” she tweeted again.
“Another guy created a string of social media accounts, posted photos of my house, threatened to rape me to death,” she added in a third tweet.
Loesch continued on for several more messages, saying some people had even threatened her kids. She also took the opportunity express some of her thoughts related to sexual harassment and abuse when it comes to conservative women.
“I’ve only ever discussed these issues kinda vaguely,” Loesch tweeted. “More I can’t discuss. I and other 2A women are sexually threatened regularly.”
Loesch continued on to argue that some of the same people who had condemned Weinstein for his alleged sexual abuse were quick to mistreat women with opposing political views. “I see conservative women regularly abused on social media by some of the same people slamming Weinstein,” she said.
“The culture is only non-conservative women deserve respect,” Loesch continued. “It’s idiotic, demonstrated daily, and deserving of more than 140 characters.”
Loesch also went on Fox News to discuss the issue, confirming her family was still in the process of moving due to the threats. She also explained her use of the MeToo hashtag and said the experience had solidified her reasons for carrying a firearm.
“I don’t hate anyone that disagrees with me,” Loesch said. “My advocacy for Second Amendment rights isn’t designed to magically put a firearm in the hands of someone else. I just want people to have that choice. And all of this has really underscored why I carry. It makes me so grateful that I can protect myself.”
She also thanked Chelsea Clinton, a staunch gun control advocate, for condemning the threats she had received. “Dana — this is all awful and unacceptable,” Clinton tweeted. “Those of us who disagree with you the strongest have a particular responsible to strongly condemn.”