It’s not guns, it’s the media’s fault.
At least that’s what the National Rifle Association’s spokeswoman, Dana Loesch, told an audience at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday when she addressed the issue of mass shootings
Loesch appeared to accuse the “legacy media” for trying to capitalize on mass shootings.
“I’ll say it really slowly so all the people on the platform in the back can hear me loud and clear: Many in legacy media love mass shootings,” Loesch said. “You guys love it. I’m not saying that you love the tragedy, but I am saying that you love the ratings. Crying white mothers are ratings gold to you and many in the legacy media in the back.”
Loesch’s comments come just one week after the deadly mass shooting at a south Florida high school. On Wednesday, Loesch took part in a CNN town hall, which included survivors of the shooting.
Loesch criticized CNN, saying that the network only covers mass shootings for profit.
“There are thousands of grieving black mothers in Chicago every weekend and you don’t see town halls for them. Where’s the CNN town hall for Chicago? Where’s the CNN town hall for sanctuary cities?” she said.
The argument marks a departure from the NRA’s usual silence immediately following a mass shooting, going on the offensive instead.
She also criticized the FBI for mishandling the case and not following protocol, which she said would have prevented the shooter from obtaining a weapon.
“My condemnation is for those at the FBI — I know there are good FBI agents there — who dropped the ball eight separate times with catastrophic consequences,” she said, referring to recent mass shootings.
“[Former FBI Director] James Comey, when he wasn’t busy taking directions from [former Attorney General] Loretta Lynch as to what to call Hillary Clinton’s investigation or writing self-aggrandizing memoirs, said that they made a mistake. Maybe if you politicized your agency less and did your job more, we wouldn’t have those problems.”
See Loesch’s comments in this video:
Here’s Dana Loesch saying that the media loves mass shootings and crying white mothers are ratings gold. Please retweet to expose this vile hum. #GunContolNow #NRABloodMoney @davidfrum @kurtbardella pic.twitter.com/sXfkKlPAOl
— Craig Karger (@CraigKarger) February 22, 2018