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No Notoriety Don't Glorify Killers
Evil Begets Evil as Media Keeps Breeding New Mass Murderers

Jeff Knox

Buckeye, AZ –-(Ammoland.com)- After the senseless slaughter of innocents at a Baptist church in Texas, coming on the heels of the attack on a country music concert in Las Vegas last month, the American people have been inundated with non-stop reporting, speculation, posturing, and finger-pointing from the media and politicians.

In the hours and days right after an attack, news programs showed continuous loops of video from the scene, repeating estimates of the dead and wounded, and using phrases like “the deadliest mass shooting” or “the worst mass murder,” while ranking this latest horror against the number killed in previous horrors.

They talk with witnesses or anyone else even remotely connected with the tragedy, and engage in endless, often inane speculation about motives and weapons. As soon as they get a hint as to who the perpetrator might have been, pictures of the killer, along with tidbits from his social media accounts are added to the crime scene video loops along with pictures of victims.

Invariably, within minutes of the attack, someone will say something about the need for stricter gun control laws to prevent these sorts of massacres, even though they have no idea whether the proposed laws might have made any difference – as if a bit of paperwork with felony penalties would make a difference to a mind twisted enough to put gun sights on a child.

The “reporting” goes on for days or weeks, with timelines, diagrams, victim counts, news conferences from the scene, detailed coroner's reports, and interviews with former law enforcement officials, former girlfriends, former coworkers, former teachers… All on a continuous loop, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with other “news” slowly filtering into the cycle as the “reporting” moves from the actual crime to detailed examination of the perpetrator, the victims, the environment, the motive, and the failures of the system that allowed a lunatic the means to carry out such a heinous act.

And of course they will talk with politicians who want to use the atrocity as a springboard to advance some restrictive firearm legislation, because we must, they say, “do something.

Occasionally, the media talking heads interview an expert on mental health who points out that most of these violent lunatics are motivated by a desire to be famous.

They point out that the vast majority of mass shootings are actually elaborate suicides in which the suicidal person has decided that he didn't want to die a “nobody,” and hits on the idea of becoming famous in his death. Then the expert will explain that these suicidal lunatics invariably get the idea for writing themselves into the history books, directly from the media reports of previous murder-suicide events. Over and over again we have seen these experts explain that repeating the names of the murderers and tallying and comparing their body-counts, feeds the homicidal/suicidal ideation of other similarly disturbed individuals.

And invariably, the first thing the program will do after the interview – or sometimes as part of the interview – will be to run down a list of the most prolific mass murderers, showing their pictures, and comparing their victims, as if they are reporting on athletes and their sports scores.

It has long been recognized that mentally unstable people can be tipped over the edge by external factors, and in the case of suicides and rampage attacks, media attention has a significant impact on future events. When Marilyn Monroe overdosed on sleeping pills, suicide rates spiked by twelve percent for the year. In fact, when anyone commits suicide, the heavier the media coverage, the higher the eventual death-toll will be. Suicide experts call this phenomenon “suicide contagion,” and they have developed reporting guidelines for minimizing the impact of suicide contagion.

Here's what the Department of Health and Human Services says about it:

“The risk for suicide contagion as a result of media reporting can be minimized by factual and concise media reports of suicide. Reports of suicide should not be repetitive, as prolonged exposure can increase the likelihood of suicide contagion. Suicide is the result of many complex factors; therefore media coverage should not report oversimplified explanations such as recent negative life events or acute stressors. Reports should not divulge detailed descriptions of the method used to avoid possible duplication. Reports should not glorify the victim and should not imply that suicide was effective in achieving a personal goal such as gaining media attention. In addition, information such as hot-lines or emergency contacts should be provided for those at risk for suicide.”

By focusing so much attention on mass murders, the media turn them into macabre celebrities, and weak-minded people are inspired to follow their example. Many of these murderers have collections of media reports from previous attacks, and engage in a sick game of one-upmanship, competing to go down in history as the “worst,” the “deadliest,” the “sickest,” etc., and the media plays right along with the sick score-keeping.

Sick people exist in every society, and there are aspects of our culture that serve to feed and encourage their dysphoria. We can't completely eliminate the factors that promote severe antisocial behaviors, but there are steps that can be taken to identify and treat it, and to interrupt the obvious cycle that we see in mass murder atrocities.

The media has already widely adopted the recommended practices to reduce suicide contagion, and it has proven to be effective. They need to employ similar practices when dealing with mass murder events.

A resolution aimed at this issue, called the “Don't Inspire Evil” initiative, has been offered several times at meetings of the Society of Professional Journalists, but has failed to secure enough support for its addition into their Code of Ethics. The website Nonotoriety.com challenges media to stop making these sick aberrants famous.

Until the media reforms the way they report on these atrocities, we must expect that each one will be followed by others.

We can't banish evil with new laws, but we can slow its propagation by not feeding it. As Margaret Thatcher said; “We must starve terrorists of the oxygen of publicity which they seek.”

Is that really possible in this age of the internet and the 24 hour news cycle? We must “Do something!” So how about we do something that will actually make a difference?

Neal Knox - The Gun Rights War
Neal Knox – The Gun Rights War

About Jeff Knox:

Jeff Knox is a second-generation political activist and director of The Firearms Coalition. His father Neal Knox led many of the early gun rights battles for your right to keep and bear arms. Read Neal Knox – The Gun Rights War.

The Firearms Coalition is a loose-knit coalition of individual Second Amendment activists, clubs and civil rights organizations. Founded by Neal Knox in 1984, the organization provides support to grassroots activists in the form of education, analysis of current issues, and with a historical perspective of the gun rights movement. The Firearms Coalition has offices in Buckeye, Arizona and Manassas, VA. Visit: www.FirearmsCoalition.org.

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    Wzrd

    I was just thinking this very thing the other day. On Tuesday at work someone mentioned the shooting spree in California by Kevin Neal. There were very little details known at the time. I didn’t get a notification on my phone like I did for the Texas & Vegas shootings- I guess not enough dead to warrant it. When I got home after work I checked the news channels- HLN, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, CNBC- not a single mention of it. Not one. Shocking especially considering the liberal leanings of most media. But I found it very refreshing as well. It… Read more »

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    nicephotog

    First, Mass murderers have been well studied and the general simple underpinning problem they have is they are “a loser !” – that being some event is inconsolable and becomes a “grudge”, after which they plan vengeance! That is its generally accepted psychological template around the world. Of media and reporting, yes it is a problem reporting and showing and comparing clips audio and information alike the very problem of freedom , second amendment and self defense and god given right. – A tough cookie! Journalists are sensationalists to ply their economic trade of competition against other suppliers. However, it… Read more »

    American Patriot
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    American Patriot

    The simple solution is to BAN Liberals from owning weapons & having freedom of speech (unless they have passed a backround check for lying or reporting fake news).

    tomcat
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    tomcat

    Did you ever notice the speculation starts immediately after the incident. They have no idea what they talking about or what, actually, happened but they have to report their own opinion whether it be close or a long way from being factual. The important thing to them is to report it before someone else does, regardless how far off from the truth it may be. Journalism is just another name for getting paid for lying when necessary.

    Wzrd
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    Wzrd

    They’re all editorialists these days. All subjective opinion, no objective facts.

    Mark
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    Mark

    Repay the trauma and retraumitize the viewers slowly disempowering them. This is one reason I haven’t had TV for the last 10 years and don’t miss it at all. It gives me my energy back that the progressive propaganda tried to suck out of me by their histrionic manipulation for their Marxist elite masters.

    M Reyna
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    M Reyna

    The main stream media is the largest terrorist organization in the world. Just watch how they continue to destroy everyone that doesn’t agree with their agenda.

    Ronald Wright
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    Ronald Wright

    Aren’t the “news articles” copyright protected? Don’t these “news” outlets” make MONEY when someone wants to use their “news” stories? Who is making MONEY on these killings? How about the families start SUING the NEWS OUTLETS for using their names, over and over and over!! Maybe this will slow down these idiots from causing MORE shootings by continuing to talk about ones from 10 years ago!! Disgusting for sure.

    Charles Drapo
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    Charles Drapo

    Isn’t it strange that all of the mass shooters have been muslim or democrats? Problem easily solved, get rid of both. Then the news media keeps hammering that they all used assault weapons. Come on now AR stands for armalite rifle! In 1865 a Democrat shot and killed Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States. In 1881 a left wing radical Democrat shot James Garfield, President of the United States who later died from the wound. In 1963 a radical left wing socialist shot and killed John F. Kennedy, President of the United States. In 1975 a left wing radical… Read more »

    M Reyna
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    M Reyna

    Charles. Have you send this to any news outlets, especially Fox News. If any gun control is required it’s for no Democrats or Muslins to own gun based on the information you provided.

    Jim Marine #4 (@357mag22)
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    Jim Marine #4 (@357mag22)

    then WE THE PEOPLE NEED TO PROTECT OURSELVES FROM COMMUNIST DEMORATS AND MUSLIMS.
    and i heard IT’S OPEN SEASON.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    A famous media saying is “If it bleeds, it leads.” In the mean time, Americans are denied the news of real events world wide because that costs money. American media puts on the cheapest show that they can.
    Terrorism is street theater. Terrorists want to make a statement. The media wants free stories. The American media is a natural megaphone for terrorists.
    Real information, the kind that might make you some money or plan for the future are closely guarded secrets.