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25 May, 2018 13:58

Media control key to preventing mass shootings, NRA TV host says in provocative video

Media control key to preventing mass shootings, NRA TV host says in provocative video

The media – not guns – needs to be controlled to help prevent school shootings, NRA TV host Colion Noir has argued. The modest proposal is meant only as a criticism of gun control laws, he says.

In a four-minute video commentary for the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) television channel, Noir said out-of-control media feeding frenzies were giving platforms to killers who longed to be in the lime light.

“These kids aren’t being inspired by an innate hunk of plastic and metal laying on a table, they’re inspired by the infamous glory of past shooters who they relate to,” Noir said.

“And no entity on the planet does a better job, whether directly or indirectly, of glorifying these killers – and thereby providing the inspiration for the next one – than our mainstream media.”

 Pointing to the “glorification of carnage in pursuit of ratings,” Noir called on Congress to take action and “pass legislation putting common sense limitations on our mainstream media’s ability to report on these school shootings… You can still report on the shootings, we just need reasonable laws that place limitations on the glory and fame you give to these killers and their twisted motivations.”

Noir explained at the end of his commentary that his proposal was meant as a criticism of gun control laws. “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,” he said.

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“However I vehemently disagree with the government infringing on the media's First Amendment's rights, the same way I don't think the government should infringe on anyone's Second Amendment rights.”

The video comes in the wake of yet another mass shooting. Last week, 10 people were killed after a student opened fire on classmates and teachers at Santa Fe High School in Texas.

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