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Original post made by Walter_E_Wallis, Midtown, on Mar 11, 2009

There can be little doubt that, after every publicized mass shooting, there will be a string of copy cat shootings. Like the perpetrators of 9/11, the shooter is dead and beyond punishment. The reaction to these shootings is usually more draconian restrictions on gun ownership and possession, and further limits on access to facilities. Nothing works.

I propose a new approach - media responsibility. The next time such a shooting occurs, deny to shooter the very thing he/she is trading his/her life for - publicity.
Do not, unless there is an ongoing danger to warn the public about, publish anything immediate about the shooting.
Do not, any time, publish dramatized, minute by minute recreations of the events.
Make no mention of the horrified victims or bystanders.
Do not publish exact body counts or relationship of victims.
Do not publish the name of the shooter or discussion of his motives or last statements or notes left behind.
If there was a failure of public safety, fix it without parading it before potential future copycats.

Send the killer down to the vile depths from which he has sprung, unwept, un-honored and unsung.

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Posted by Heston
a resident of another community
on Mar 11, 2009 at 4:53 pm

A much more effective way to stop (or at least drastically reduce) mass shootings is to ban guns.

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 11, 2009 at 6:40 pm

A better way is to arm teachers, there are 200+ million guns in this country they will be functional for 100yrs, get real.
I agree with giving these incidents less publicity, the shooting in Finland and Germany and Virginia Tech were all copy cat killings by the mentally ill.
Register the mentally ill as is supposed to happen and keep parents in the loop and you have reduced the probability of these things happening.
the Columbine and Virginia Tech nuts were under psychiatric care, the schools and police should have been notified.

We publicize the identities of sex offenders, why not those of the dangerously mentally ill ?

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Posted by Outside Observer
a resident of another community
on Mar 11, 2009 at 7:12 pm


"We publicize the identities of sex offenders, why not those of the dangerously mentally ill ?"

Won't ever happen. The Democratic party will never publish the names of it's members.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 12, 2009 at 4:24 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

A pity Heston lives elsewhere - he sounds like a good mayoral candidate. Heston, why not just make killing illegal? That would stop all killing, wouldn't it?
There was a time when passing a manual arts class in some big city high schools required the making of a functional zip gun. Outlaw guns right after you have successfully outlawed sex, drugs and rock and roll, Hessy.
I doubt that MSM would countenance detailed instructions for seducing preteeners or the best jogging sites for raping, but the coverage for Columbine was a do it yourselfer for someone with a grievance.

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Posted by Gun Owner
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 12, 2009 at 6:26 am

"ban all guns"...haha

ban all other weapons while you are at it. Knives, ropes, brass knuckles, chucks, slingshots, poisons..


Rule one: Ban guns and there will be more gun deaths since anybody law abiding won't have a gun to defend against the outlaws who have guns.

Too bad that neither in Germany nor in Alabama there wasn't someone with a weapon to stop the shooters after it was obvious what they were doing.

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Posted by Jesse
a resident of Ventura
on Mar 12, 2009 at 4:13 pm

Don't listen to liberals. Outlaw this murder suicide crime. Make it a capital crime and make it stick. That's the only way we stop this.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 13, 2009 at 2:04 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

My suggestion is independent of the status of gun laws. It deals explicitly with the copycat killings and with journalistic responsibility. To use an old lib shibboleth, if only one life is saved...
Editor, let's hear your opinion on my suggestion.

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 13, 2009 at 9:04 am

It turns out the German shooter was mentally ill and under treatment, as has been the case in all these mass shootings.

>"On Thursday, Stuttgart district prosecutor Siegfried Mahler revealed that the teenager was supposed to undergo treatment for depression there.

He said Kretschmer had attended five sessions between April and September last year at a clinic in the town of Weissenhoff, and was expected to continue outpatient therapy in Winnenden, but broke off the treatment.

"At the physical examination for the army, he provided proof of an illness that required a psychiatric treatment," Mr Mahler told a news conference.< Web Link

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Posted by sadie berman
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Nov 18, 2010 at 7:40 pm

The remarks here are ignorant. The mentally ill are rarely violent. Those under the care of psychiatrists do not have sociopath
tendencies. That is a sad myth that perpetuates and keeps these people from getting the care they need. THEY ARE NOT sex offenders.

Before someone makes these damaging remarks they should take the
time to get an education.

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