Mass shooters should remain nameless

Mass shooters should remain nameless

[Ed. – A logical extension of the ideas set forth here.]

Mass shooters crave media coverage and their place in the killer canon. As a deterrent against this behavior, the names and faces of mass shooters need to be forever removed from our media reporting. Committing acts of tremendous evil should not be rewarded with the eternal infamy these murderers seek.


Empirical evidence supports the conclusion that publicizing the names of mass shooters promotes more mass murders. A 2016 paper presented to the American Psychological Association concludes that a “cross-cutting trait among many profiles of mass shooters is desire for fame.” An Arizona State University study found that shootings occurred in “clusters,” meaning that there is evidence to suggest “mass shootings, publicized in the media, may have a contagious effect.” The combined weight of these studies merits serious consideration on the value of publishing the names and faces of mass shooters versus the potential danger of inspiring future killers.

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