Original post made by Walter_E_Wallis, Midtown, on Mar 11, 2009
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Do not publish exact body counts or relationship of victims.
Do not publish the name of the shooter or discussion of his motives or last statements or notes left behind.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.