NRA's Dana Loesch Has Some Words for the Media After Santa Fe — She Says They're Responsible for 'Creating' Mass Shooters

| MAY 19, 2018 | 8:29 PM

After the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas on Friday, National Rifle Association (NRA) spokeswoman Dana Loesch argued the media played a role in “creating” mass shooters.

Loesch said that studies have shown that school shooters referenced Columbine in some way and at some point.

“The media has got to stop creating more of these monsters by oversaturation,” Loesch said.

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Loesch's comments came after law enforcement identified 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis as the student who killed 10 people on Friday.

Loesch clarified that she didn't want the media to engage in irresponsible reporting but wished it would stop doing things like showing the shooter's image so much:

“Constantly showing the image of the murderer, constantly saying their name is completely unnecessary. I understand if you want to report it once they've been identified, but after that, according to what these studies have shown, we need to be very cognizant of what this creates.”

Her organization received an onslaught of backlash, as is typical after mass shootings like the one in Santa Fe. Some on Twitter called the NRA a “terrorist organization”:

In the immediate aftermath, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton indicated NRA critics were wrong since gun regulations would only make matters worse:

“The more we regulate, the more time we lose and the more people we're going to lose,” he said before arguing guns helped protect schoolchildren.