National Rifle Association (NRA) spokeswoman Dana Loesch on Friday accused the media of "creating" mass shooters by extensively covering suspected perpetrators.
"[The media] has got to stop creating more of these monsters by oversaturation," Loesch said on NRATV.
"I’m not saying don’t responsibly report on things as they happen," she continued. "I understand it. But constantly showing the image of the murderer, constantly saying their name, is completely unnecessary."
Loesch pointed to a number of past school shootings in which the suspects referenced the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado either in writings or social media posts.
"#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 18, 2018
Loesch weighed in on the topic on the day a gunman opened fire at a high school near Houston, killing at least 10 people and wounding 10 others.
The accused shooter was identified as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a student at the school. He has been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault on a public servant, and is being held in Galveston County jail without bail.
Another student at the school was detained on Friday as a person of interest. What connection that individual may have to the shooting is unclear.