NRA Spokeswoman Dana Loesch: "Many in Legacy Media Love Mass Shootings"

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The morning after appearing at CNN's town hall on guns, Loesch attacked the mainstream media.

After doing battle at a CNN town hall on gun control Wednesday night, NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch faced a far more hospitable crowd on Thursday morning when she made an unscheduled appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Addressing the television media set up in the back of the room, Loesch said, "Many in legacy media love mass shootings. You guys love it."

Loesch, who was applauded by some for appearing in the town hall and booed by others for her performance, then clarified her comment. "I'm not saying that you love the tragedy," she told the crowd on Thursday. "I'm saying you love the ratings."

She said she required a security detail to leave the building after the town hall on Wednesday night, and that she wouldn't have been able to safely leave if she didn't have one.

Speaking on behalf of the NRA, Loesch said, "We will not be gaslighted into thinking we're responsible for a tragedy we had nothing to do with."

She received a hero's applause from the crowd and said that journalists should feel free to come accost her in the hallway at the conference: "I'm here, we're here, we're not going anywhere."

Separately on Thursday, CNN put out a statement responding to an allegation from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Colton Haab, who told a local television station that the town hall was "scripted."

"There is absolutely no truth to this," the network said in response. "CNN did not provide or script questions for anyone in last night's town hall, nor have we ever. After seeing an interview with Colton Haab, we invited him to participate in our town hall along with other students and administrators from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Colton’s father withdrew his name from participation before the forum began, which we regretted but respected. We welcome Colton to join us on CNN today to discuss his views on school safety."

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