Mass shootings Crimes & Incidents, posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Mar 11, 2009 at 3:09 pm Walter_E_Wallis is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
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Do not publish exact body counts or relationship of victims.
Do not publish the name of the shooter or discussion of his motives or last statements or notes left behind.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.
Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Mar 12, 2009 at 4:24 am Walter_E_Wallis is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
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.
Posted by Sharon, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, 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