A conservative columnist who was suspended by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after a pro-NRA piece talked to Charles Payne this morning on FBN. 

Stacy Washington was suspended Friday over her column "Guns and the Media," and then she quit her position. 

The paper's editor explained that, “Her active promotional activities and professional association with the National Rifle Association represented an unacceptable conflict of interest in her most recent column, which resulted in our suspension of her work."

Washington's column was a response to a local op-ed in which the writer suggested the NRA is a greater threat to America than ISIS.

"The linkage is not only rife with improper context; it is false on its face," Washington wrote. 

Washington said this morning she does not have a "professional affiliation" with the NRA. She said her op-ed was not a defense of the NRA, but more about a left-leaning newspaper publishing the ISIS vs. NRA comparison.

"You were fighting for the First and Second Amendments on this one," Payne noted.

Washington, a veteran, said she has always been open about her ownership of guns as an NRA member.

"Nothing in the column can be impugned by the fact that I may or not be a member of the NRA," she said.

Watch the discussion above.


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