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The NRA finally said more about Philando Castile, kind of

The NRA's spokesperson was on CNN Sunday morning, and the Castile case was brought up.

Two days after Philando Castile was shot and killed, the National Rifle Association called his death "troubling," but declined any further comment.

"Rest assured, the NRA will have more to say once all the facts are known," the group's statement read.

Then this June, former police officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty in Castile's death, 11 months after it happened, and people began asking – where is this "more to say" the NRA said it would have?

"This is one group you would expect to be losing their God damn minds about this: the NRA,"said Trevor Noah on The Daily Show a few days after the acquittal. "But for some strange reason on this particular case, they've been completely silent."

A man with a legal permit to carry in his wallet was pulled over, shot and killed by a police officer after clearly explaining he was carrying a weapon.

Noah was among the peopleand groups wondering why the NRA – which bills itself as "America's foremost defender of Second Amendment rights" – hadn't followed up, even after requests from media outlets including GoMN.

But now the NRA's silence has ended. Sort of.

'Yes, I'm an NRA spokesperson, that's why I'm here'

CNN Sunday morning had a 10-minute conversation/talk-over-each-other segment with Women's March co-organizer Tamika Mallory, and NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch.

Mallory and Loesch spend the first few minutes talking about a recent NRA ad, before the subject of Castile comes up. Loesch first talks about how what happened was "absolutely awful" and "completely unfortunate," before saying there were "a lot of variables" and things she wished "would have been done differently."

Mallory eventually cuts in and says they're not looking for Loesch's "personal feelings," which promoted this exchange between the host, Christi Paul, and Loesch

Christi Paul: "Are you saying that you are speaking for the NRA right now?"
Loesch: "Yes, I'm an NRA spokesperson, that's why I'm here."
Christi Paul: "You are speaking for the NRA, and what you are saying this morning is uh, a formal statement on their part?"
Loesch: "It's a terrible tragedy that could have been avoided, yes."

Here's the full interview via CNN:

Sites like Reason and Huffington Post have pointed out this would be the NRA's first public comment on Castile since their July 8, 2016, "The NRA will have more to say once all the facts are known" statement.

Loesch also made a point about making sure individuals know to have their carry permit cards on them all the time in case they're pulled over, saying: "As someone who is hyper-protective of natural rights like Philando Castile's, I want to make sure that's well-known, so we don't have someone who perhaps maybe doesn't make all the right decisions when they're going through a stop."

To which Mallory later responded: "Black people are not allowed to reach for their conceal carry record because if we reach anywhere, we are shot and killed. And that does not happen to white people."

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