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Families Ask Media to Stop Publicizing Names of Mass Shooters

December 23, 2013  | 

Families and friends of people murdered by mass shooters are asking the media to stop publicizing the names of the killers, the New York Times reports.

For families, it is a small way to fight back. Their hope is that refusing to name the actors will mute the effects of their actions, and prevent other angry, troubled young men from being inspired by the infamy of those who opened fire at Columbine High School, Virginia Tech or Newtown, Conn.

The effort is also about finding some relief. Almost a year after Dawn Hochsprung, the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, was killed, her daughter Erica Lafferty walked into the lobby of MSNBC to give an interview. It was the day state investigators released their report on the massacre, and Ms. Lafferty said she looked up at the television screens to see the hollow face of the 20-year-old who had shot her mother.

“Why do I have to read his name? Why do I have to hear his name?” Ms. Lafferty said. “It’s so painful to see.”

 

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Serpico @ 12/24/2013 12:43 PM

The mainstream media has blood on it's hands. Making local shooting acts National news. Like the George Zimmerman case. All for the sake of their New World Order Agenda Gun control. The New York Times is to BLAME along with others. They, and other so-called News outlets publish the names of CCW Law Abiding citizens and people who own guns. To stir up Lynch Mobs of the Ignorant and the intolerant. I know there's good LEO's on Long Island NYC. Who help Disabled people with Special Olympics. You can write stories to the "press". But they spew pro Illegal Alien garbage, and ignore the needs people who have no voting rights.
The will of the family is correct. Killers should not have their day basking in the Glory of the Media Spotlight. But the sad fact is, the same Media like NYT will stab you in the back and try to destroy your way of life. If you are a Law Abiding US Citizen. If we had real leadership in the WH, these News Entities, would be broken up to monopoly that are on the books.

Ima Leprechaun @ 12/26/2013 10:28 PM

When Police or Victims call the media they engage a double edged sword. The media has it's own mind and first amendment protection once invited into a story they will continue to drain every ounce they can out of it even as it becomes harmful to the victims. This is the danger of inviting the media in.

Mike Miley @ 10/28/2015 5:37 PM

Some sort of government,fcc etc. Screening needs to be passed to prohibit showing the faces,names and life stories of these monsters and stop giving them more media coverage than Beyonce! This is exactly what they fantasize about. The recent oregon mass shooter even said in one of his last postings to social media: "The more people you kill,the more you're in the limelight." I guess the media and news is more concerned with ratings than likely preventing copycat killers!!

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