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WATCH: Fox News contributor claims imposing regulations on assault rifles is the real "War on Women"

"The AR-15 is the most popular weapon with women," Dana Loesch said, reporting from some alternate universe


Scott Eric Kaufman
June 17, 2016 6:14PM (UTC)

On The Kelly File Thursday, host Megyn Kelly welcomed Fox News contributor Dana "Hands Off My Gun" Loesch and political strategist Nomiki Konst to discuss the limited ban on assault rifles currently being proposed in Congress.

Loesch, as the author of "Hands Off My Gun," predictably opposed any such ban, claiming that it would be tantamount to what Democrats often call a "War on Women."

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"This is a war on women because the AR-15 is the most popular weapon with women," she said. "I tell you what -- I want to have a fighting chance, because criminals don't pay attention to gun-free zones."

She also expressed admiration for Howard Stern's "brave" recapitulation of a talking point from the film "American Sniper" on Wednesday.

Konst argued that there's no empirical evidence that assault rifles are an effective deterrent, and that the proposed legislation isn't even about "giving us your guns," to which Loesch replied, "Yes, it is."

After Kelly cut off some cross-talk, Loesch argued that assault rifles shouldn't even be an issue, because "if I was actually gonna go after a bad guy in my house, I'm not gonna grab my AR-15 -- I'm gonna grab my shotgun or I'm gonna grab my glock, I'm gonna grab something a little bit more serious."

She added that "you're talking about disarming women and you're talking about misidentifying a semi-automatic rifle and acting like it's an automatic weapon."

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Watch the entire segment below via Fox News.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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