The NRA Just Blamed School Shootings on the News Covering School Shootings
The NRA won’t stop pointing fingers at everyone but themselves
The National Rifle Association’s (NRA) spokeswoman Dana Loesch gave a grand statement Friday, May 19, disclosing who they say the real culprit is behind all the shootings in the United States post-Columbine: the media.
Speaking on the NRA’s own television program, NRATV, Loesch had this to say to anyone thinking about reporting on future similar tragedies:
“The media has got to stop creating more of these monsters by oversaturation. I’m not saying don’t responsibly report on things as they happen. Look, I understand it. But constantly showing the image of the murderer, constantly saying their name is completely unnecessary.”
On Friday, May 18, the country experienced another horrific mass shooting at the Sante Fe High School in Sante Fe, Texas. The suspected assailant, who surrendered to authorities at the scene, saying he meant to commit suicide after carrying out the attack, but found after murdering his classmates and teachers in cold blood that he lacked the courage to kill himself, was a student at the school named Dimitrios Pagourtzis. He has since been taken into police custody.
In the past, school massacres entered and exited American political discourse in a predictable pattern: there would be outrage from the public, arguments from both sides of the gun control debate, some propaganda issued by the NRA downplaying the use of firearms in the incident, and finally end with Congress either passing a small regulatory bill, like banning bump stocks, or not doing anything at all.
But since February 14, 2018, the country has moved to a new paradigm where people are taking a greater interest in seeing common sense gun reform passed. Led by student survivors of the Parkland shooting in Florida, grassroots movements like Never Again MSD have gained traction, which has got the NRA scared, and possibly explains why they replaced their president with infamous “guns for hostages” gun runner Oliver North.
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Because of this, Loesch’s comments come off as desperate: reminiscent of climate change deniers who find new ridiculous excuses to defend their dying side, such as rocks falling into the sea, as opposed to glaciers melting into it. It is true that the mainstream media rely on sensationalism to make a profit (which would change if the public would get more serious about serious matters) but telling them to avoid putting in basic facts like the culprit’s name would not only be disingenuous but also make no sense. The public has the right to know the truth about events.
Back in late March 2018, the country had its third-largest protest movement with the “March for our Lives,” in which close to 2 million people showed Congress that they want gun control enacted. The victims of Sante Fe will not be another statistic who are ignored by Republican politicians.
Check out the video of Loesch speaking below:
“#MSM has got to stop creating more of these monsters by oversaturation. I’m not saying don’t responsibly report on things as they happen. I understand it. But constantly showing the image of the murderer, constantly saying their name, is completely unnecessary.” —@DLoesch #NRA pic.twitter.com/9GjK3sLrDr
— NRATV (@NRATV) May 19, 2018
Featured image by Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons.
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