During a town hall meeting last week hosted by CNN anchor Jake Tapper which featured Florida Senator Marco Rubio and NRA Spokeswoman Dana Loesch, survivors and family members of victims of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting discussed impacts of weapons that the NRA so proudly flaunts.
The town hall was tense and deeply emotional. While many in the audience spoke up about the correlation of NRA’s promotion of high-powered firearms to the rise of gun violence and school shootings, NRA’s Loesch responded with scarily assertive remarks about city, state and federal inadequacies in the reporting of violent criminals with access to weapons as the real cause of mass shootings.
After Loesch’s performance at the town hall, the NRA tweeted her a congratulatory message with, an accompanying gif of “Parks and Recreation” protagonist Leslie Knope saying “Thank you.”

Parks and Rec crew denounce NRA's use of Leslie Knope's GIF to thank NRA spokeswoman

Parks and Rec crew denounce NRA’s use of Leslie Knope’s GIF to thank NRA spokeswoman (rollingstone)

Within the hour, “Parks and Recreation” creator Mike Schur responded to the tweet in an angered fashion.
“Hi, please take this down. I would prefer you not to use a GIF from a show I worked on to promote your pro-slaughter agenda” Schur wrote.
Schur did not stop there; he decided to speak on behalf of Amy Poehler who to the disappointment of her fans, does not have a Twitter account (Amy Poehler plays Leslie Knope in the show).
“Also, Amy isn’t on Twitter, but she texted me a message: ‘Can you tweet the NRA for me and tell them I said f**k off?'”
Schur’s tweet, incited additional messages from Poehler’s former co-stars on Parks and Recreation. Actor Ben Wyatt who created “Cones of Dunshire,” a board game based on the show an, who also played Adam Scott, Knope’s husband on the show, tweeted the NRA “Hey @nra please stay the f**k away from Leslie Knope.”
Additionally, Nick Offerman, the actor who played the role of Ron Swanson as well as a Jazz musician named Duke Silver on the show, told the NRA that their “good-hearted show and especially our Leslie Knope represent the opposite of your pro-slaughter agenda.” Afterwards, he advised that they consume feces, albeit with different words. Even Aubrey Plaza, who portrayed intern turned director of Pawnee Animal Control April Ludgate, responded to Offerman’s tweet to the NRA with a gif of Ludgate saying “burn”.
For obvious reasons, the NRA has not responded to any of the tweets by the cast of “Parks and Recreation” nor have they removed the original gif of Leslie Knope.


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