National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch on Tuesday attacked media outlets for referring to killing sprees as “mass shootings” if a gun happens to be involved.
During an NRA TV segment, Loesch fumed at press coverage of school shootings and said that “mass shooting is such a funny description” for massacres committed using firearms because “we don’t call them mass knifings when they happen” in other countries.
“Suddenly, it’s a murder spree or a mass casualty incident, but when a gun is involved, it’s a mass shooting,” Loesch complained. “And that’s so the focus remains on the firearm.”
One reason that gun-involved killing sprees are denoted as “mass shootings” in the United States is because the U.S. is an extreme outlier when it comes to deaths by firearms among industrialized countries.
Data from 2016 show that the United States that year had a rate of gun deaths per 100,000 people that was eight times as high as in Canada, 32 times as high as in Germany, and 55 times as high as in the United Kingdom.
When it comes to shootings at schools, meanwhile, the United States has recorded 288 such shootings since 2009, whereas Canada has recorded only two, Germany has recorded one and the U.K. has recorded zero.
Watch the video of Loesch below.
"We don’t call them mass knifings when they happen in the UK, a country more than happy to have the kinds of law the @nytimes editorial page apparently approves of. Suddenly it’s a murder spree…But when a gun is involved it’s called a mass shooting." —@DLoesch #TuesdayThoughts pic.twitter.com/fsY3wu0xo2
— NRATV (@NRATV) May 22, 2018
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