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I believe the media may be complicit in mass shootings by heroizing the shooter. The next killer is enviously watching the coverage and notoriety given Nikolas Cruz. With low self-esteem and compromised mental integrity, the wannabe peers longingly into the social media cesspool and feels inadequate and small by comparison to others. Ultimately it is decided to commit a heinous crime knowing the world will at last sit up and take notice — thanks to media coverage.

I believe there will be fewer copycats if the shooter is not forever memorialized by the media. I suggest withholding the name of the shooter from the public and elimination of the endless video feed showing the individual. I do not believe any of the mass murderers — whether it be Columbine, Orlando, Las Vegas, and now Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — had a personal grudge against the victims. I believe it is the unbridled lust for fame and notoriety that drives these killers.

Every day I read in this paper about armed robberies, car thefts, gang shootings, sexual assaults and murders. We have laws against all these and yet they continue to occur. The passage of more laws — politically motivated or otherwise — will do nothing to prevent the next carnage. Laws are not obeyed by bad people.

Curbing the endless media coverage and identity of the perpetrator can be a start in eliminating the incentive and desire of the next narcissist to become famous.

Vern Kuennen

Davenport

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