Florida Parkland Shooting: Liberal Gun Control Ideas are Worthless


Could it be the media shares the stage of blame???

August 4, 2016
"Media Contagion" Is Factor in Mass Shootings, Study Says
Psychologist calls on media to withhold shooters’ names
DENVER — People who commit mass shootings in America tend to share three traits: rampant depression, social isolation and pathological narcissism, according to a paper presented at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention that calls on the media to deny such shooters the fame they seek.
“Mass shootings are on the rise and so is media coverage of them,” said Jennifer B. Johnston, PhD, of Western New Mexico University. “At this point, can we determine which came first? Is the relationship merely unidirectional: More shootings lead to more coverage? Or is it possible that more coverage leads to more shootings?”
Johnston and her coauthor, Andrew Joy, BS, also of Western New Mexico University, reviewed data on mass shootings amassed by media outlets, the FBI and advocacy organizations, as well as scholarly articles, to conclude that “media contagion” is largely responsible for the increase in these often deadly outbursts. They defined mass shootings as either attempts to kill multiple people who are not relatives or those resulting in injuries or fatalities in public places.
The prevalence of these crimes has risen in relation to the mass media coverage of them and the proliferation of social media sites that tend to glorify the shooters and downplay the victims, Johnston said.
“We suggest that the media cry to cling to ‘the public’s right to know’ covers up a greedier agenda to keep eyeballs glued to screens, since they know that frightening homicides are their No. 1 ratings and advertising boosters,” she said.
The demographic profile of mass shooters is fairly consistent, she said. Most are white, ostensibly heterosexual males, largely between the ages of 20 and 50. They tend to see themselves as “victims of injustice,” and share a belief that they have been cheated out of their rightful dominant place as white, middle-class males.
“Unfortunately, we find that a cross-cutting trait among many profiles of mass shooters is desire for fame,” she said. This quest for fame among mass shooters skyrocketed since the mid-1990s “in correspondence to the emergence of widespread 24-hour news coverage on cable news programs, and the rise of the internet during the same period.”
She cited several media contagion models, most notably one proposed by Towers et al. (2015), which found the rate of mass shootings has escalated to an average of one every 12.5 days, and one school shooting on average every 31.6 days, compared to a pre-2000 level of about three events per year. “A possibility is that news of shooting is spread through social media in addition to mass media,” she said.
“If the mass media and social media enthusiasts make a pact to no longer share, reproduce or retweet the names, faces, detailed histories or long-winded statements of killers, we could see a dramatic reduction in mass shootings in one to two years,” she said. “Even conservatively, if the calculations of contagion modelers are correct, we should see at least a one-third reduction in shootings if the contagion is removed.”
She said this approach could be adopted in much the same way as the media stopped reporting celebrity suicides in the mid-1990s after it was corroborated that suicide was contagious. Johnston noted that there was “a clear decline” in suicide by 1997, a couple of years after the Centers for Disease Control convened a working group of suicidologists, researchers and the media, and then made recommendations to the media.
“The media has come together before to work for good, to incite social change,” she said. “They have done, and they can do it. It is time. It is enough.”



In a 2009 study, psychologist Alex Mesoudi specifically stresses the need to limit the coverage of suicides, and to take pains to avoid romanticizing the tragedy, lest celebrity-worshippers draw inspiration to end their own lives out of a misguided attempt to capitalize on the departed celebrity’s fame.

Celebrity and Mass Killing

Despite this research, there has been little effort within the American journalistic community to codify how journalists respond to suicide, and there has definitely been no attempt to take these warnings to heart when it comes to mass killing. Less than four hours after the tragedy in Florida, news outlets were furiously speculating about and investigating the killer; his motives, his ethnic heritage, his family life, his social media presence. No stone in his life was left unturned.

We make the killer a celebrity, and we are giving them the “likes” and “shares” to prove it.
This is far from unique to the Florida tragedy. In the wake of their horrific acts, mass killers always become the center of attention, even when efforts are made to deliberately avoid this occurrence.

A powerful example of this was seen in 2015 when, despite Sheriff John Hanlin’s plea not to focus on the perpetrator after a shooting at an Oregon community college, Wolf Blitzer still smugly announced that CNN could reveal (and speculate about) the murderer’s identity and motives. Celebrity will not be denied.

By constantly focusing on these individuals and their heinous acts, rather than focusing on the tragedies themselves, we make the tragedy about the perpetrator. We make the killer a celebrity, and we are giving them the “likes” and “shares” to prove it.

Even worse, by giving them this celebrity status, we set the stage for future imitators. Pathological celebrity-worshippers will see the attention these individuals get, they will take note of the celebrity status these actions led to, and they will seek to share in that fame by imitating their murderous acts, as was seen in the aftermath of the Columbine Tragedy.

School Shooting as a Culturally Enforced Way of Expressing Suicidal Hostile Intentions


The effect of the lib gun control rants are a motivated group of firearm owners that vote Republican in mass !


The FBI was aware of this nut and like several other cases they FAILED to react !!!


An assault rifle is generally considered to be your fully auto capable AK-47/M-16.

Assault weapon has a removable clip and a pistol grip… gets a bit muddy state to state as to what applies and what doesn’t from there.

Quite so, my family has shotguns- you’d be surprised at how armed Britain actually is particularly in the country.


The FBI, which was notified of the killer’s intention posted on social media, was busy chasing Russians and fighting Trump

The doors to the school were not secured.

In a society awash with cameras and surveillance, no one saw him walking in with a gas mask, smoke grenades, and a weapon.

In Colorado only 1 door is open to enter a school.

A security guard is at the door and you present your reason for being at the school and identification. Carrying a package they inspect it.


Including the TIC himself who was an inspiration to this shooter. We’ve all seen his Instagram photo proudly wearing his MAGA hat.


That is an all time low even for you.


Right, and then we give them military type weapons to go commit mass murder. So far, law enforcement says no laws were broken. Like one astute student declared this morning regarding Rubio and Scott, your thoughts and prayers are doing nothing. He said the only two people that don’t care is Rubio and Scott.


In our village we have teachers outside the elementary school monitoring student and traffic before the bell after the bell rings the doors lock and anyone wanting to enter the school must be announced and buzzed in to the school office .
After school teachers are outside the elementary school monitoring student and traffic .
Our high school after the bell rings the doors lock and anyone wanting to enter the school must be announced and buzzed in to the school office .


And in his address to the nation yesterday, the TIC didn’t even mention the word guns, so paralyzed are republicans by the gawd damned NRA. Americans are fed up with military weapons roaming our streets. 61% of all firearms sales are those WMD’s that have exactly ZERO civilian purpose. It’s time, past time for them to go away and this time forever.


We have the same and police officers at the high schools as well as private security in the AM and PM when school is out.

And no this isn’t in a city but a suburb with the 4th highest income in the country.

We have security because of Columbine. The schools in Colorado learned the lesson.

Not one comment in the media about the lack of security, the lack of attention by the FBI.


Nor did he mention the medias incessant reporting that fuels copy cat crimes.


Get hyped often and spout meaningless rhetoric ?
There are no military weapons roaming our streets unless you count police forces !
American people are begetting to wake up to the facts that the lib’s constant attacks on firearms and their legal ownership is smoke and mirrors a distraction !
There were a lot of things that went wrong in Florida to allow this troubled man to kill seventeen people !
You can’t pass a law against crazy and criminals don’t obey laws .
The fact that rifles are used in less then 10% of crimes but don’t let fact stop your meaningless hate speech !https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/fv9311.pdf

About 70% to 80% of firearm homicides and 90% of
nonfatal firearm victimizations were committed with a
handgun from 1993 to 2011.
Firearm-related homicides declined 39%, from 18,253 in
1993 to 11,101 in 2011.
Nonfatal firearm crimes declined 69%, from 1.5 million
victimizations in 1993 to 467,300 victimizations in 2011.
For both fatal and nonfatal firearm victimizations, the
majority of the decline occurred during the 10-year period
from 1993 to 2002
From 1993 to 2011, about 60% to 70% of homicides were
committed with a firearm
(table 2)
. Over the same period,
between 6% and 9% of all nonfatal violent victimizations
were committed with a firearm, with about 20% to 30% of
robberies and 22% to 32% of aggravated assaults involving a
Handguns accounted for the majority of both homicide and
nonfatal firearm violence
(table 3)
. A handgun was used in
about 83% of all firearm homicides in 1994, compared to
73% in 2011. Other types of firearms, such as shotguns and
rifles, accounted for the remainder of firearm homicides.
For nonfatal firearm violence, about 9 in 10 were committed
with a handgun, and this remained stable from 1994 to 2011.
In 2007-11, there were 235,700 victimizations where the
victim used a firearm to threaten or attack an offender
. This amounted to approximately 1% of all nonfatal
violent victimizations in the 5-year period. The percentage
of nonfatal violent victimizations involving firearm use in
self defense remained stable at under 2% from 1993 to 2011
(not shown in table). In 2007-11, about 44% of victims of
nonfatal violent crime offered no resistance, 1% attacked or
threatened the offender with another type of weapon, 22%
attacked or threatened without a weapon (e.g., hit or kicked),
and 26% used nonconfrontational methods (e.g., yelling,
running, hiding, or arguing).
. During the offense
that brought them to prison, 13% of state inmates and
16% of federal inmates carried a handgun. In addition,
about 1% had a rifle and another 2% had a shotgun. Of
inmates armed with a firearm during the offense, about
7% of state inmates and 8% of federal inmates were
armed with either a single shot firearm or a conventional
semiautomatic, and 2% of state inmates and 3% of federal
inmates were armed with a military-style semiautomatic or
fully automatic firearm


Florida is a pathetic place run by corrupt republicans who have criminalized mental health officials from even asking a patient if he owns a gun. 39 Times Florida police were called to this guys home over a 7 year period, this nut job shooting guns in his back yard. At eighteen he couldn’t buy a can of beer, but Florida sold him a WMD and 30 round magazines to go kill 17 innocent school kids. Time for Scott and Rubio to GO!!!


I’m actually fed up with illegals and criminal gangs roaming the streets. Law-abiding gun owners have never done a damn thing to me.


Well you happen to be a fortunate one that hasn’t lost a child to a school MASS MURDER by a deranged white US citizen!!!


Who who was the white shooter that you’re talking about?


Liberals have been claiming that Hispanics are white whenever they commit a crime or do something wrong. I think that lets them say that more white people commit crimes than blacks and that more whites are on welfare than blacks. What they really mean is Hispanic.


This nut job for one.

Adam Lanza