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"Parks And Rec" Stars Slammed The NRA For Using A Leslie Knope GIF

"I would prefer you not use a GIF from a show I worked on to promote your pro-slaughter agenda."

Last updated on February 23, 2018, at 2:18 p.m. ET

Posted on February 22, 2018, at 8:56 a.m. ET

On Wednesday night, National Rifle Association spokesperson Dana Loesch was slammed for saying she was fighting for the victims of the Parkland shooting during a heated CNN town hall.

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The audience gave a standing ovation to the Broward County sheriff for calling Loesch out after she claimed to support the victims. "You're not standing up for them until you say, 'I want less weapons.'" Sheriff Scott Israel said.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel to NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch: “You just told this group of people that you ar… https://t.co/4q4jBSBAPn

But the NRA celebrated her performance on Twitter anyway. Using a GIF of Parks And Recreation's Leslie Knope.

.@DLoesch thank you for being the voice of over 5 Million #NRA members.

The show's creator, Michael Schur, was not happy about his main character being rolled out in support of gun ownership.

Hi, please take this down. I would prefer you not use a GIF from a show I worked on to promote your pro-slaughter a… https://t.co/IUNj03Uh53

Amy Poehler, who plays Knope on the show, is not on Twitter, but Schur relayed a message from her, "Can you tweet the NRA for me and tell them I said fuck off?"

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People loved it.

But then, weirdly, the whole thing turned into a debate about what exactly character Ron Swanson would say about the recent gun control debate.

@JonChumbler @KenTremendous Ron Swanson would have supported the assault weapons ban with a statement like, "A man… https://t.co/DmLEZjI2fI

@_Doctor_Bill_ @JonChumbler @KenTremendous You do know that a gun being semi-automatic doesn’t make it an Assault w… https://t.co/K0UHgEOv9R

Thankfully Nick Offerman, who played Swanson on the show, quickly cleared that up.

.@NRA @DLoesch our good-hearted show and especially our Leslie Knope represent the opposite of your pro-slaughter a… https://t.co/nyvh00HQkn

People were proud of him for weighing in.

@Nick_Offerman @NRA @DLoesch You, sir, are a treasure.

Actor Adam Scott, who played Ben Wyatt on the sitcom, tweeted at the NRA to "stay the fuck away from Leslie Knope."

Hey @nra please stay the fuck away from Leslie Knope. https://t.co/Lr2HCeN7qp

Aubrey Plaza, who played April Ludgate on the show, Tweeted this illustration on Friday. Adam Scott soon followed suit:


The NRA has not yet responded to BuzzFeed News' request for comment.

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