Conservative talk show host Dana Loesch called a St. Louis-area mother an "idiot" for attending an anti-gun violence rally in late March in downtown St. Louis. Three weeks later, the Riverfront Times reports Nikki Moungo, a 42-year-old mother of three, said Loesch lacks "compassion or sympathy" for victims of gun violence. Moungo was part of a Moms Against Guns rally that Loesch found disturbing. Now, the two are locked in a war of words over the controversial issue.
* Moungo called Loesch "extremely superficial" in her interview with the media outlet posted Tuesday. The mother has been helping her neighbor cope with the death of Matthew Pellegrini, a shooting victim murdered in St. Louis in 2012.
* Moungo called out Loesch's assertion she is a "limo liberal" by saying, "You don't have to wait for gun violence to affect you to get involved."
* Loesch responded to Moungo's interview with a blog post of her own. The conservative activist said, "I've actually had threats against myself and my family... . I've even had people show up at my house. People who've never been in the firsthand position of ever having to defend themselves should stop lecturing those who HAVE been in such position. Thanks for completely proving my point."
* Among other observations, Loesch made fun of Moungo's Frontenac sunglasses and designer clothes in addition to the fact that many of the women who attended the downtown St. Louis rally were from the suburbs. Moungo co-owns a construction business with her husband and has three boys ages 21, 19 and 9, according to the Riverfront Times piece.
* The war of words expanded to Twitter. Loesch posted, "In reality, [Moungo] is thin skinned because she obsessed over it for a week. My critique was right and it stung. Now move on."
* The online fracas started with Loesch's commentary on the anti-gun rally posted to RedState.comMarch 30. The blogger started by calling attendees "well-heeled progressive women from the nice, safe part of Missouri... ."
* One of the speakers at the rally suggested the United States cede its sovereignty to the United Nations in terms of better gun control. A journalist asked Mayor Francis Slay if he agreed with Dr. Robert Flood's statement, but he refused to answer the question.
* Moungo is not the only St. Louis resident infuriated by Loesch. Local chef Dale Beauchamp called upon Loesch's supporters to "use your easily purchased firearm on yourself." Twitchy.com reportsBeauchamp apologized for making his comments and the restaurant for which he works, Little Country Gentleman, distanced itself from the chef's remarks in a string of tweets made Thursday.
* Loesch is a St. Louis native who contributes to many national news media outlets on a regular basis. She is married with two children.William Browning is a research librarian specializing in U.S. politics.
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