A leading gun rights activist blamed the recent spate of school shootings on the media for glorifying killers with constant coverage.
In a post Thursday on NRATV, activist and network host Colion Noir said school shooters are attention-seeking narcissists driven by the fame that rewards their violent crimes.
“There’s no need to cover these shootings for two weeks straight, plastering the kid’s face over and over and over again,” Noir said on the National Rifle Association’s media network.
“Pass a law stopping the media from reporting the killer’s name or showing his face. 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.”
It was unclear how serious Noir was about backing a law that would restrict any aspect of news reporting.
Noir quickly followed up the suggestion by saying that the same anger people feel over any threat to the First Amendment is the same anger gun owners and advocates feel about attempts to weaken the Second Amendment.
But Noir said the media should show some restraint.
“Overreporting on school shooters inspires other school shooters,” Noir said. “I honestly believe ignoring shooters and not giving them any attention will do more to stop school shootings than any gun control measure ever will.”
“Attention seeking in this country is at an all time high,” Noir added in a Twitter post. “And if social media has proven one thing, it’s that there are people out there willing to do anything for attention, even if it means slaughtering classmates.”