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Oct 14 2019

Mass Shootings and the Mainstream Media

The media shrieks that mass shootings are the fault of the NRA for defending the Constitution. Actually, as sponsor explains, the media itself is far more to blame:

This might sound like an outlandish claim, but it’s supported by evidence from no less an authority than the National Institutes of Health. It’s related to a well-established phenomenon of copycat suicides known as the Werther Effect. Other countries’ medias have taken steps to minimize the Werther Effect through self-imposed industry standards on suicide reporting, and many of these standards have parallels with the coverage of mass shootings.

Mass shootings are hyped into the sky, totally dominating the news for days on end.

Strong evidence suggests that this both encourages and instructs potential mass shooters.

The hype leaves perspective by the wayside. Here’s something you won’t learn from ABC/CBS/NBC/CNN:

2017 was the deadliest year for mass shootings in America with a total of 117 people killed. For context, 102 people die from automobile accidents every day according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Institute.

The same tactics used to attack gun rights could be used to criminalize cars — and will be, when progressives get to that point. But for now, they are focused on negating the Second Amendment. That and the boost that sensationalism gives their ratings explain the reckless coverage of mass shootings by the mainstream media.

If the media wanted to reduce mass shootings instead of throwing gasoline on the fire, it would take the advice of forensic psychologist Park Dietz:

“I have repeatedly told CNN and our other media the following[:] if you don’t want to propagate more mass murders: Don’t start the story with sirens blaring. Don’t have photos of the killer. Don’t make it 24/7 coverage. Do everything you can not to make the body count the lead story. Localize the story to the affected community. And make it as boring as possible in every other market.”

However, the MSM is unlikely to take this approach when there is money to be made and an authoritarian agenda to be advanced.

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