NRA calls to silence media on mass shootings

Students gather at the scene of a US school shooting.
Students gather at the scene of a US school shooting. Photo credit: Getty

A spokesperson for the US National Rifle Association (NRA) is calling for media to be limited on how they report on mass shootings.

"It's time for Congress to step up and pass legislation putting common-sense limitations on our mainstream media's ability to report on these school shootings," host Dana Loesch said on the association's television station, NRATV.

On the same channel, host Collins Idehen Jr, who goes by the name Colion Nior, reiterated Ms Loesch's remark, suggesting a law preventing the media from reporting the killers' names or showing their faces.

"It's time to put an end to this glorification of carnage in pursuit of ratings, because it's killing our kids," he said, in a four-minute spiel at the start of his show.

"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."

At the end of the rant he claimed he didn't actually believe in that proposal, but was using it to make a point against those who argue in favour for gun control.

"You know that feeling of anxiety that shot through your body when I said the government should pass laws to limit the media's ability to exercise their First Amendment rights? That's the same feeling gun owners get when they hear people say the same thing about the Second Amendment."

The NRA spends millions of dollars on advertising and lobbying against gun control.