The ban that would really reduce the number of mass shootings

Like Rod Dreher, I am not a second amendment absolutist. But I don't think tighter gun control will do much to lower the incidence of these shootings. But you know what would? Contemplate this paragraph and see if you can guess what I am thinking about:
On an interesting note, I have noticed that so many people like him are all alone and unknown, yet when they spill a little blood, the whole world knows who they are. A man who was known by no one, is now known by everyone. His face splashed across every screen, his name across the lips of every person on the planet, all in the course of one day. Seems the more people you kill, the more you’re in the limelight.
That's right: if we really want to have fewer incidents like this... ban (or stop engaging in, if you are the press) coverage, especially sensationalist coverage, of them. America is awash in guns, and anyone who really wants one is going to be able to get one, no matter what sort of gun control legislation is passed. But we have a situation where shooter D is inspired by the vast amount of press coverage given to shooter C, who was motivated by the notoriety of shooter B... and so on.

When a spree shooter gets a single paragraph on page 17 of the local paper, spree shooting will essentially vanish. And if we were really serious about "No more Columbines" that's what we would go to work on.


  1. With more than one a day we are much the way there but more likely the incentive will be escalation to larger and more violent sprees to standout above the crowd.


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