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1. There have been 164 mass shootings in the US since 1966. 1/5 occurred since 2014, >1/3 since 2010, and >1/2 since 2000. Overlooked factor contributing to increasing frequency of mass shootings: mass media (including “social”) coverage of such shootings - aka “media contagion”.
2. “Experts believe that this media coverage can inspire others to copy these actions or commit similar crimes. This is often called the media contagion effect, and it happens with suicide, terrorist attacks, and mass shootings.”
3. The Columbine school shooting got more attention on CNN than the death of Princess Diana. In the month that followed, 400 related incidents were reported across the US. Students called in bomb threats and praised the shooters’ actions. Some schools shut down temporarily.
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Here's a post-#Parkland checklist you can use after any mass shooting. The horror is terribly real, the tragedy overwhelming, and the frustration palpable, but we can make progress if we push hard in the right directions. Read on.
1st and foremost, remember the victims. Celebrate their lives, not their deaths. Here's a place to start:…
2nd, help the survivors and the victims' families. Here's another place to start:…
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