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Old 06-12-2019, 11:52 AM
DrDeth is offline
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Originally Posted by SenorBeef View Post
Mass shootings are a tiny fraction of gun violence. They're rare and sensational and capture our attention and so they get a very disproportionate amount of our reaction to gun violence, but as a percentage of gun violence, as a percentage of murders, as a percentage of deaths, they're basically just insignificant and random noise. Almost 350m people live in this country - you can find all sorts of shit that occasionally kills 10 or 20 of them. There's also basically no way to specifically target mass shooters with gun laws - they tend to be relatively unpredictable and can use a wide variety of weaponry, whatever is available.

Nonetheless, if you want to target mass shootings specifically, there is a very targeted, specific solution that would likely reduce them significantly: stop giving the shooters the infamy they crave.

Usually, mass shooters feel like they've been wronged by the world in some way, and overlooked. The mass shooting is often their way of making the world notice them, to take revenge on the world. When we choose to watch excessive news coverage of these incidents, we're giving them exactly what they want - which means that the next shooter that wants to go out in a blaze of infamy knows what they'll get.
This is absolutely true.