Tomi Lahren (Getty/Joshua Blanchard)

Tomi Lahren makes statement about Texas mass shooting — and a Texan shut her down immediately

Lahren acted as if she were the voice of all Texans, until Texans came for her


Jarrett Lyons
November 6, 2017 8:38PM (UTC)

On Sunday, Devin Patrick Kelley shot and killed 26 people during a service at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Amidst the inevitable cry for stricter gun-control laws that followed in the shooting's wake, right-wing pundit and Fox News contributor Tomi Lahren decided to chime in.

In a tweet, Lahren sarcastically dared those in favor of increased firearms restrictions to take it up with a Texan. For the record, Lahren lives in Dallas, but has only resided there since 2015.

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Brandon Friedman, former deputy assistant secretary of public affairs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and, more importantly, a Texas resident and gun owner, was quick to respond.

Friedman also took aim at a talking point that many right-wing defenders of Texas' broad open-carry laws have been using since the shooting. These gun-rights advocates have focused on the fact that there was a shootout between Kelley and a gun-owning churchgoer, using it as proof that "the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." Friedman and many others worked to dispel that narrative.

Good points, all.

Lahren has been a vocal opponent of gun control since she began garnering mainstream attention after The New York Times called her a "rising media star." But that doesn't seem to be what Lahren always believed. Earlier this year, a video surfaced from her college news program in which she said gun control was "a multi-dimensional issue."

Lahren responded by saying that she was acting as as "moderator of a panel," which was true in a bunch of clips that were released on Twitter in January, but not the gun control clip. When Lahren said that gun violence was a "mutli-dimensional issue," she wasn't in the traditional "moderator" spot in the center of the shot. Nor was she reading off a script, she did while moderating this clip on climate change. She also said "I think" quite a bunch for someone who's not giving her opinion.

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Alas, it was soon business as usual back on Lahren's Twitter feed.


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