Widespread media coverage behind increase in mass shootings

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Media coverage of mass shootings contributed to the increase in the number of such crimes in the U.S., researchers said. A study co-authored by Western New Mexico University’s Jennifer Johnston and Andrew Joy claimed that the widespread media coverage of mass shooting instills a desire for fame among the shooters. The study found that the number…

2 Responses to Widespread media coverage behind increase in mass shootings

  1. Lless August 8, 2016 at 1:08 pm #

    Of course the control populations from Canada or, say Australia, are conspicuously missing. There a mass killing is a media circus because the events are so damn rare, and nothing happens follow on. I wonder why?

  2. quixote August 8, 2016 at 3:29 pm #

    “Researchers found that shooters share three common traits: rampant depression, social isolation and pathological narcissism.”

    Four actually. They’re also overwhelmingly male.

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