We have had 20 years of mass murderers throughout which I have repeatedly told CNN and our other media, if you don’t want to propogate more mass murders:
DON’T start the story with sirens blaring.
DON’T have photographs of the killer.
DON’T make this 24/7 coverage.
Do everything you can NOT to make the body count the lead story, NOT to make the killer some kind of anti-hero.
DO localize this story to the affected community and make it as boring as possible in every other market.
Because every time we have intense saturation coverage of a mass murder, we expect to see one or two more within a week.
Dr. Park Dietz, Forensic Psychiatrist. (x)
The video with this quote was going around when the Aurora shooting occurred. I just wanted to throw up some numbers, though be aware that math is not my strong suit.
According to Wikipedia, there have been 52 mass murders in 2012. This includes shootings, bombings, arsons, etc. If we add the Texas A&M shooting, which currently doesn’t have a Wikipedia page, that’s 53.
There are about 52 weeks in a year. We’re only about 32 weeks into 2012.
So that’s roughly 1.6 mass murders per week this year. So far.