Had Botham Jean been a licensed gun owner, outcome might’ve been different, NRA spokesperson says

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Loesch (right) and Jean

(NEWSWEEK) — National Rifle Association spokesperson Dana Loesch said that a Dallas man killed in his own home by a police officer could have saved himself if he owned a gun.

Botham Shem Jean, a 26-year-old black man, was killed on Thursday by off-duty police officer Amber Guyger. Guyger, a 30-year-old white woman, said she mistakenly entered Jean’s apartment, thinking it was her own. The uniformed officer claimed the door was “ajar,” that she saw a “large silhouette” inside and that she issued “verbal commands that were ignored” before she fired her service weapon, fatally striking Jean. She said realized that she had entered the wrong apartment only after turning on the lights and calling 911.

“This could have been very different if Botham Jean had been, say he was a law abiding gun owner and he saw somebody coming into his apartment,” Loesch said on NRATV’s Relentless on Monday. “I don’t think there’s any context that the actions would have been justified. If I see somebody coming into my house and I’m not expecting them and they’re walking in like they own the place, I would — I would act to defend myself.”

Social media users balked at the suggestion that a gun could have saved Jean, who was born on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia.

“If Botham Jean had a gun and killed a police officer he’d be in jail held without bond and Trump would be nonstop tweeting about that immigrant who killed that poor cop,” Comedian Sarah Cooper tweeted in response to Loesch’s remarks.


Guyger, who has been charged with manslaughter, turned herself in to Kaufman County Jail on Sunday. She was later released after posting $300,000 bond, according to CNN.

Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson said on Monday that the investigation into the death was ongoing and the charges could be upgraded to murder.

Police officials have offered few details on the shooting, and questions remain about how the event unfolded and why the officer shot Jean.

“The number one answer that I want is, ‘What happened?’” Jean’s mother, Allison Jean, told reporters Monday. “I have asked too many questions, and I’ve been told that there are no answers yet. I’m looking forward to the powers that be to come up with the answers to make me more satisfied that they are doing what is in the best interest of getting justice for Botham.”

Jean has also questioned whether race factored into her son’s death. “I didn’t know she was white until now. If it was a white man would it have been different? Would she have reacted differently?” Jean said while speaking with Dallas NBC affiliate KXAS.


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  1. The NRA is a blight to the USA

  2. This woman is such an idiot. Very dumb stupid comment.

  3. Thank you Dana for speaking some sense into the situation, may President Trump live long. #QPost


    What shit is this, does this woman know what she is saying there? Batease majaii, embecil gun loving american nut job.

  5. 🌍The shitstem is rigged🌋

    Clearly shot her target twice in dark but had to turn on light to see it's not her apt.and this gonna pass for the american justice shitstem.

  6. Doesn't this lady realize how stupid she sounds with this hogwash.

  7. Simple keep your dam close ..if the door was lock she could never come in no your key don't work. Now if the door was close and she came in by other means this would have been a open and shut case

    • If what u re saying is ok. I would imagine if she came through a window you would say keep the dam window shut huh?

  8. “If Botham Jean had a gun and killed a police officer he’d be in jail held without bond and Trump would be nonstop tweeting about that immigrant who killed that poor cop,”

    That's exactly what would have happened. Those gun loving nuts would say anything to try to justify the unjustifiable!

    • MDC I guess Botham was just chilling in his pitch black apartment with a gun in his hand waiting for an intruder. These NRA people are so stupid.

  9. What kinda BS am I reading this late afternoon?? So wait let me get this straight, the NRA is suggesting that Botham would have still been alive, if he had been a firearm owner and beat her to it???? So the way to combat gun violence is to use more guns? What type of crack are these people smoking??

    I may be crazy for thinking this but - How about a scenario where NO ONE GETS SHOT?!?!

    • 100% agree. Just now you will hear he was responsible for his own death. SMH....boy when you black.....

    • I too agree. This demented NRA Beast, this abysmal immoral arms peddler is accusing BOTHAM JEAN of his own death? It is too tragic. A young man is murdered by an irresponsible armed lunatic and the peddler accuses him of his own death. They are indecent, these NRA monsters.
      Merciless vultures. My heart breaks for Botham Jean's family.

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